by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Clark
914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
9/13/2013 - NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Force
Support Squadron members from the 914th and 107th Airlift Wings and the
445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, participated
in a Cooper Institute Military and First Responder Exercise Leader
Course here, Sept. 9-12.
The course is designed to improve physical fitness and introduce new
methods and concepts for exercise and conditioning. The classes were led
by Cooper Institute exercise experts Tonya Gutch, M.S. and Steve
Over the four-day course, members received classroom instruction as well
as hands-on exercises. A large aspect of the sustainment flight portion
of FSS is exercise instruction. This class helps members learn how to
lead training by outlining proper procedures for running and circuit
"I think that this course has elevated our knowledge about health and
wellness and reinforced that maintaining fitness can be effective and
fun," said Senior Master Sgt. Michael Roach, Sustainment Services Flight
By hosting the course at Niagara, the unit saved money and thus was able
to provide instruction for a larger group. "We were able to train more
people and get more accomplished for a fraction of the cost," said Maj.
Kenneth Enser, 914th Force Support Squadron commander.