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The Patton Road track renovations have been underway since July and are expected to be complete in October. Once complete, Soldiers will have proper facilities to train for the new ACFT, which goes into effect next year.

Sgt. 1st Class Agaria Fedrick knew exactly what needed to be done when it came time to renovate the physical training track on Patton Road.

That’s because Fedrick is an Army Combat Fitness Test-qualified master fitness trainer, a role he has held since 2019. The Army is in the process of replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been in use since 1980, with the ACFT. However, with the new system comes new requirements for Soldiers, who not only need to learn the new movements, but must be able to practice and prepare for the new test when it is fully implemented next year.

Fedrick, the master fitness trainer for Army Contracting Command, realized that the equipment available at the Patton Road track would not suffice for Soldiers seeking to maintain the new fitness standards. The track itself needed to be redone, the pull-up bars were incorrectly sized, and the infield was too susceptible to becoming soggy and unusable after rain.

In spring of this year, Fedrick and some other Soldiers brought their concerns to the Garrison.

“We can’t continue to use these pieces of equipment that are out here on this field because it’s not in tolerance, it’s not in regulation,” Fedrick said. “So those were the main points that we brought to (Command) Sgt. Maj. (Juan) Jimenez, and he said he’s going to try to make it happen.”

Just a few months later, plans were underway. Fedrick was called in by the project’s architect and engineer to consult on the project, ensuring that every aspect of the new track would be optimized for Soldiers’ training. Construction began on July 19 and is expected to be complete in mid-October.

The ACFT involves six events: 3-repetition maximum deadlift, standing power throw, hand release push-up arm extension, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck or plank, and a two-mile run. Army.mil.com/acft lists each exercise, directions for performance, information about how performance is scored, and each exercise’s relevance to tasks that Soldiers are expected to carry out as they complete their missions.

In addition to better facilities, Fedrick said the project also includes a storage building for any equipment Soldiers may need while training. The upgraded track will be open for public use, and local Reserve and National Guard units will be able to reserve training time to ensure their Soldiers are able to get the instruction they need.

Fedrick is confident that the changes will help prepare Soldiers for greater success.

“I’m very appreciative of the Garrison, IMCOM, AMC, ACC, everybody that has something to do with getting this field built because I know that this is going to be a game changer, not just for ACC and the units here on Redstone – it’s going to be a game changer for the Army.”

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