Pushing the limits in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Peter Croce (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Operation HIGH ROAD

L-R: Warrant Officer Raylee Scott, Lance Corporal Jessica Hurrell, Wing Commander Michael Mammana and Chief Petty Officer Simon Bagnall. (photo: CPL David Cotton)
L-R: Warrant Officer Raylee Scott, Lance Corporal Jessica Hurrell, Wing Commander Michael Mammana and Chief Petty Officer Simon Bagnall.

One million push-ups across a seven-month deployment is the aggressive target driving Australian Defence Force communications and information systems personnel in the Middle East.

About 115 Theatre Communications Group Four personnel deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations ACCORDION, HIGHROAD, MANITOU and OKRA, since February, are attempting to push their way to the finish line by the end of August.

Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Michael Mammana said one of his squadron commanders came up with the idea to increase fitness levels and build morale among the team.

“It started as a far-fetched idea but the team have really committed to improving fitness, building strength and achieving goals outside of their deployed ADF role,” Wing Commander Mammana said.

“The benefits of improving health and fitness assist in reducing stress levels, building resilience and improving personal strength – all key attributes when you are on a lengthy deployment away from home.”

“I am very proud of how the team is progressing, and if each person can do as little as 50 push-ups per day, over the course of the deployment, we should reach our target of one million push-ups.”

Wing Commander Mammana said the initiative had already attracted the attention of other deployed elements, including Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General John Frewen, who was regularly providing his tally to the overall total.

The communications personnel provide support to more than 1,700 personnel deployed across the Middle East region.

Members from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, are spread across multiple operations and operate 24-hours per day, seven days per week.