Going the distance: Cannon Commandos raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Angela Hearn taught a class of spinners March 26.

Liliana Castillo

About 75 Air Commandos participated in a national spin-a-thon on March 26 at the Cannon Air Force Base gym.

The gym was one of over 200 facilities that participated in Spinning Nation 2011 across the country Saturday. Proceeds benefit Ride 2 Recovery, a charity benefiting the mental and physical rehabilitation of men and women in the armed forces.

Staff Sgt. Freddie Jones, 27th SOW Force Support Squadron, taught one of the hour-long classes.

“This is a great cause to give to,” he said. “It benefits so many people.”

Each rider found a sponsor to pay their $50 entrance fee and they had the option to purchase a racing jersey.

Jones said spinning provides several physical benefits including cardiovascular benefits and said it’s a great way to get in shape if one doesn’t like running.

Mast Sgt. George Lowe said he participated for two reasons.

“One, to support an awesome charity,” he said. “And two, to get the word out about the Air Commando Association.”

The ACA sponsored Lowe and another rider. The association is new to the base, Lowe said, and they’re spreading the word to attract members.

1st Lt. Amanda Tamosui, with the Logistics Readiness Squadron, said she participated to give to a good cause.

“It was tough, but a good challenge,” she said. “It’s great to support our fellow soldiers.”

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, participated also.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “That’s what airmen do, we help each other.”

Caruso said he was glad airmen took time out of their Saturday to give back to their own.

“I’m proud that they donated their time and money and sweat to help,” he said.

Staff Sgt. Angela Hearn, Caruso’s executive assistant, helped organize the event. She said she was happy with the way the event turned out.

“It turned out to be a good day,” she said.