SAN ANTONIO-- The Air Force's top enlisted airman focuses on the importance of physical fitness and discusses how meeting current fitness standards are individual Airman responsibilities in the latest "Enlisted Perspective," a written senior leader viewpoint.

"With every Airman critical to completion of Air Force air, space and cyberspace missions, we need all Airmen physically capable of performing at the highest level," says Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley.

"Air Force fitness standards must be maintained, and compliance with these standards may soon be documented on Air Force performance reports. As with any area where Airmen don't meet the established standards, failure to meet physical fitness standards can result in a referral performance report," he says.

Chief McKinley said the Air Force spent $3.9 billion on health care last year, and the service can decrease these health care expenditures by improving overall Airman fitness levels.