Top Air Force Athletes Battle For Alpha Warrior Honor

High angle view of Basic trainees crawling through a tactical course.

The top athletes in the Air Force battled it out for the title of Alpha Warrior. Top male and female athletes competed to be the best in the Air force. And through strength, grit, and determination, Capt Noah Palicia and 2nd Lt. Arielle Miller were named the next Air Force Alpha Warriors.

Capt Palicia represented Yokota Air Base in Japan and posted a time of 18 minutes 39 seconds, and 2nd Lt. Miller represented Edwards Air Force Base in California with a finishing time of 22 minutes 39 seconds.

The third annual Air Force Alpha Warrior Final Battle was held at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas. Contestants had to run through 32 obstacles and fitness tests that included climbing, pull-ups, gymnastic rings, running, jumping, and weight-lifting challenges

Maj. Gen. Tom Wilcox, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center commander, and event host said the event is an opportunity to showcase the Air Force's "ultimate warriors" and the Airmen's commitment to total health.

Miller said after winning, "Being here with my fellow Airmen who are like minded - same goals, same drive, same passion on the same level - it’s been wonderful.”

Launched by the Air Force Services Center in 2017, the Air Force Alpha Warrior program looks to strengthen functional fitness, promote ready and resilient Airmen and families, and build morale and camaraderie as units exercise together and encourage each other to complete fitness challenges.

The winners will go on to represent the Air Force in the Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Championship against the Army and Navy.

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