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Gym honored with United States Air Force award


By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The United States Air Force says thank you to an Albany gym.


The United States Air Force presented Tony's Gym with the United States Air Force Salutes Award.

It's presented to a civilian or civilian organization who has provided important support to the Air Force recruiting mission.

For more than three years young people in the Air Force Delayed Enlistment Program worked out for free at Tony's to prepare for Basic Military Training.

The air force says the free service Tony's provides isn't typical.

"I would call this atypical because this facility has provided it's services for free for more than four years every Saturday morning beginning at 8am," Commander Lt. Col. Dennis Tucker Jr., USAF.

"The failure rate for young people who don't work out is a lot higher as oppose to the ones who do work out before they go to basic training, so this is really key in their success of making it through basic training," said TSgt. Lewis McCoy Jr., USAF.

The Air Force says all of their recruits who've been allowed to train there in the past have successfully completed basic training.

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