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Richard Tomaskovic, 19th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, teaches the Living on Your Own Dime class July 19, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Airmen are required to take the class to move out of the dorms on base.

Richard Tomaskovic, 19th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, teaches the Living on Your Own Dime class July 19, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Airmen are required to take the class to move out of the dorms on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) is a philosophy and methodology of taking care of people July 24, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. CAF allows members on base to look after their fellow Airmen and their families, providing for their physical, social, mental and social fitness.

Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) is a philosophy and methodology of taking care of people July 24, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. CAF allows members on base to look after their fellow Airmen and their families, providing for their physical, social, mental and social fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Self-improvement and inner reflection are two integral pieces that help make a successful Airman. Comprehensive Airman Fitness and Leadership Pathways are two programs on base that aim to strengthen these two assets of a career-oriented Airman.

The Comprehensive Airman Fitness, or CAF, methodology creates and sustains a community that focuses on the support and betterment of members. Leadership Pathways is a program used to support CAF and is comprised of classes for personal and professional development.

“CAF is a whole Airman concept focusing on the four domains of fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual,” said Stephanie Wynn, Little Rock Air Force Base community support coordinator. “If you can keep that balance in your life, you will be happier and more effective in what you do.”

CAF helps members on base balance a lifestyle of potential stress and hardship, by helping them compartmentalize the various aspects of fitness. Doing so helps give Airmen a starting point for basic requirements needed to effectively perform in their Air Force career.

“The Leadership Pathways program is meant to help give Airmen the tools they need to build themselves up,” said Master Sgt. Richard Vallejo, 19th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental section chief. “I’ve seen Airmen make noticeable improvements at work after they’ve taken these classes.”

The Leadership Pathways program teaches Airmen and their families about the many challenges they encounter every day, including money management, leadership and stress management.

“We offer something for everyone; whether you’re a single parent, civilian, senior leader or Airman,” Wynn said. “The way I view Leadership Pathways is that it makes you more armed and capable of handling the problems that may arise.”

CAF and the Leadership Pathways program improves and sustains the capabilities of Little Rock Air Force Base Airmen and their families.

For more information, call (501) 987-1772.

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