43d AG Reception Battalion- Fitness Training Unit

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Our Mission:

FTU Phoenixes The Fitness Training Unit physically rehabilitates IET Soldiers attached to the Warrior Training Rehabilitation Program (WTRP) and prepares them to re-enter BCT/OSUT/AIT, trains end of cycle APFT failures from BCT/OSUT/AIT to meet graduation standards (APFT-Improvement), and supports combat training on Fort Leonard Wood by facilitating the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) separation process of IET Soldiers to reduce training distracters.

CPT Mackenzie Jones

Company Commander

FTU Company Commander

CPT Mackenzie Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in 2008. He then received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Army after being accepted into the US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy. He earned his doctorate and graduated from the program in 2012.

After completing school he was assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, TX where he served as OIC of PT at the SFMC and Clinical Education Coordinator with oversight to the SRRC and WTB. CPT Jones was then selected to serve as the 4rd BDE PT for the First Armor Division until they cased their colors.

CPT Jones is a graduate of the AMEDD Captains Career Course, Joint Operational Deployment Course, COL Kersey Advanced Clinical and Operational Practice Course, Military Musculoskeletal Residency, and has completed Army Combatives Level I. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as an USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and Pose Method Running Technique Specialist. He also served as an assistant investigator for a multi-center research study investigating the role of physical therapy in the management of low back pain.

CPT Jones’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

1SG Dorothy M. Francois

Company First Sergeant

FTU Company 1SG

1SG Dorothy M. Francois enlisted in the United States Army in June 2000 as a Human Resources Specialist. She completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon completion of her initial entry training, 1SG Francois was assigned to HHD Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. .

She has served in various leadership positions which include: Human Resource Sergeant, Team Leader, Finance NCO, Drill Sergeant, SR Drill Sergeant, SR Human Resource Sergeant, BN S1 NCOIC, and Battalion SARC. 1SG Francois’ assignments include; Fort Sill, OK; Camp Coiner, Korea; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Fort Jackson, SC; and Naples, Italy.

1SG Francois’ military education includes: Postal Supervisor Course, HR Plans and Operations Course, Instructor Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Senior Leaders Course, Postal Operations, Sharp Foundation Course, Advanced Leaders Course; Unit Prevention Leader Course; Basic Leader Course; and Equal Opportunity Leaders Course.

1SG Francois has an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Kansas City Kansas Community College and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Upper Iowa University.

1SG Francois’ awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (SLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal , Iraq Campaign Medal , Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Army Superior Unit Award, Korea Defense Service Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, and Colonel Robert L. Manning Achievement Medal (2).

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