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Moody Airmen compete for "Big Dog" title

Lt. Col. Michael Andrew VanDoren Lt. Col. Michael Andrew VanDoren

August 15, 2003

Lowndes County - Moody's 347th Logistics Readiness Squadron is getting physical. "It's exhausting," said Lt. Col. Michael Andrew VanDoren. "I'm really tired," said James Mosely.

While most people are still in bed, this group is pounding the pavement with push ups, crunches, and a three mile race around the base. It's called the Big Dog Challenge, a monthly physical training exercise to boost squadron morale and prepare them for deployment.

"We go into unknown territory, and you have to be prepared for anything," said VanDoren. "You never know what you'll have to do to defend our freedom so its crucial that we be physically fit."

The goal of the challenge is to cross the finish line before the commander, which doesn't seem to be that hard. "It wasn't hard at all, really easy," said Tillie Villarreal.

"I think quite a few people embarrassed me in the squadron, but that's the point," said Lt. Col. VanDoren.

The flight with the most members beating the commander is the winner. This month, its the Distribution Flight. "There's a rumor going around that I'm fast, but I think they just proved that wrong," said Lt. Col. VanDoren.

The coveted "Big Dog" trophy will hang in the Distribution Flight office for now, but the other flights assure it won't be there for long.

posted at 1:30PM by ashley.harper@walb.com