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Two 173rd FW flights use friendly competition to boost morale and fitness

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Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing Comptroller and Force Support Flights pose for a socially distanced photo to commemorate the last day of a running competition where each Airman sought to tally the most road miles in a two week period, July 31, 2020 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The competition tallied and averaged their respective miles and the comptroller flight did end up with the bragging rights. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

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173rd Fighter Wing’s Comptroller and Force Support flight Airmen begin a fun-run commemorating the last day of a friendly competition between the two to see how many miles they could average over a two-week period at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. On July 31, 2020. In the end the comptroller flight emerged with the highest total but the participants all said their fitness benefitted. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. --

Fitness and camaraderie during COVID-19?

For the 173rd Fighter Wing’s Force Support and Comptroller Flights the answer is “yes,” during a friendly competition where Airmen sought to tally as many road miles as possible.

In honor of the last day of competition both flights congregated on the sidewalk for a socially-distanced group photo before taking a leisurely 2-mile run on a cloudless summer day.

The two sections were able to log just under 2,000 miles total.

Although both flights have accomplished runners, Chief Master Sgt. John Goold, 173rd FSF chief, said it helped other struggling runners boost their ability from short runs to upwards of four miles on a given day. He went on to say that will pay dividends when fitness tests are reinstated this fall.

He also conceded that the comptroller flight did emerge victorious…