173rd Fighter Wing celebrates Blue Zones designation

Blue Zones


The 173rd Fighter Wing will officially celebrated Kingsley Field’s designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

The Sentry Eagle 5K run and walk following the ceremony, led by 173rd FW Commander Col. Jeff Smith, along with Airmen from around the base and their families.

This event was coordinated by the 173rd FW Comprehensive Airman Fitness Team.  CAF is a holistic concept that focuses on taking care of our Airmen and their families by focusing on four different pillars of fitness:  Mental, Social, Physical, and Spiritual.

“The CAF Team wanted to participate in Sentry Eagle in some way, and we thought this was a fantastic way to do this and celebrate our desgination as a Blue Zone’s worksite,” said Tech. Sgt. Erika Meng, the Sentry Eagle 5K coordinator.   ”I think a 5K is a great way to bring everyone together for socialization and fitness.”

The Blue Zones Approved Worksite designation is the result of the work the CAF team did over the last few months.

“Being a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite means that 173d Fighter Wing has intentionally prioritized the well-being of its members through the implementation of research-based best practices,” said Jessie Hecocta, Blue Zones Project – Klamath Falls Organization Lead.  “The purpose is to create leaders who role-model well-being behaviors and create an environment which supports the health of others. It also means that the organization supports employees in pursuing their purpose and connecting that purpose in the context of their work.”

To achieve the designation, the team focused on multiple objectives such as designating a space for employees to quietly reflect, publish walking/running routes, and many others.  Additionally, the team found ways to quantify best practices that the wing was already accomplishing that fit in the Blue Zones Project goals.