LRS senior NCO energizes PT Program with leadership, ownership, pride

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Enrique Shaw
  • 49th Mission Support Group superintendent
Hundreds of thousands of man-hours across the Air Force are being wasted on the administration of the Air Force Physical Assessment program. From verbal admonishments, to letters of counseling and reprimand, Article 15s, referral enlisted performance reports, separations and administrative discharge boards, the sheer amount of time and effort good and well-intentioned NCOs and officers are expending is mind-boggling. And this doesn't even count the legal reviews, water cooler conversations and squadron meetings discussing ways to solve this perplexing quagmire.

One Senior NCO in the wing has broke the code on inspiring his Airmen to pass the physical assessment through leadership in action, a sense of ownership and pride.

The first thing Senior Master Sgt. Michael Lindemann, of the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron, does is lead-by-example -- by being out in front of his 350-member squadron. He is the lead squadron physical training leader taking charge of morning sessions, organizing and scheduling other PTLs and mentoring and encouraging Airmen who are scheduled to take the test -- often running with them side-by-side.

He is also someone Airmen and NCOs respect, because he talks the talk and walks the walk. He has scored an excellent on his annual physical assessment, placed in the top 10 on several base 5K fun runs and regularly participates in local 5K, 10K and half-marathon races.

In a nutshell, he motivates his flight by taking ownership of the problem through his leadership in action. His efforts have yielded success since he shouldered and took personal responsibility of his flight's PT program.

A few months ago, his 84-member flight had an 80 percent pass rate. Now, his flight has a 92 percent pass rate, which is increasing weekly while the rest of the Air Force struggles at trying to keep it above 87 percent.

To showcase his flight's success and foster pride, he designed, personally purchased and built a "PT Leader" board displaying the individual photos and scores of the highest scoring members of his flight in each age category.

The PT Leader board not only reminds the Airmen and NCOs the expectations of their leader, but it has instilled a sense of pride in the entire flight and provided a form of recognition.

With PT an ingrained part of the Air Force culture and a reflection of enlisted and officer performance, this is one senior NCO who has energized his flight and more importantly, taken care of his people.