70th ISRW Airmen win at 2016 USA Powerlifting Military National Championship
70th ISR Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 06, 2016
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md --
A senior airman named Alyssa and a staff sergeant named Ashlee recently took home Gold and Silver Medals for their weight class and contributed to the Air Force’s team win at the 24th USA Powerlifting Military National Championships in Orlando, Fla.
The USA Powerlifting Military National Championship competition was held on March 19, 2016 and was open to all active duty, guard, reserve, retired military personnel DOD employees and dependents. The events included bench press only, deadlift only, push-pull and powerlifting.
Alyssa, from the 22nd Intelligence Squadron, and Ashlee, from the 94th Intelligence Squadron, competed in the Raw Women’s 57kg (125 lbs.) Open Class and set new personal records in all lifts.
Alyssa posted the following numbers: 220 pounds for squat, 115 pounds for bench press, and 270 pounds for deadlift, giving her a total of 605 pounds total.
She also set three National Military Powerlifting records in the following categories: squat, deadlift and total.
“This was my second national-level meet but my first meet representing the Air Force, so there was added pressure,” Alyssa said. “But I also felt great pride throughout the meet and proud to represent the Air Force.”
Ashlee lifted 214 pounds for the squat event, 110 pounds for bench press, and 236 pounds for deadlift to total 560 pounds.
“The experience was unique and very cool to have the opportunity to participate in an event with your brothers and sisters in arms, past and present, who not only share the same military values, but also a passion for lifting and self-improvement,” said Ashlee.
“[SrA] Alyssa and [SSgt] Ashlee exemplify our warfighting ethos and capture the essence of the Airman warrior, displayed in physical challenges and their daily activities where they utilize their intellectual acuity and wit,” said Col. Ricky Mills, commander of the 707th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. “We're proud of their powerlifting success and their commitment to the warrior spirit."
Isaiah, a staff sergeant from the 29th Intelligence Squadron, also represented the 70th ISRW and contributed to the Air Force team’s first place finish at the 2016 USA Powerlifting Military National Championship. Isaiah posted a 452 pound squat, a 308 pound bench and 535 pound deadlift.
“I hope to continue to compete, and push my numbers as high as I can while staying as healthy as possible,” said Isaiah.
All three Airmen are currently training for future competition this year.