Neal Baumgartner is an Air Force (AF) exercise physiologist currently serving as the Exercise Physiology/Physical Fitness Consultant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel (HAF/A1) for the AF Fitness Program. He provides exercise physiology, human performance, and physical fitness research, consultation, guidance, and training instruction to Headquarters (HQ) AF leadership and staff to include development of criterion-based physical fitness testing requirements and standards. Additionally, he serves as Program Director for Force Fitness responsible for managing human performance physical fitness initiatives for HQ Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to improve and maintain optimal physical fitness of USAF Airmen to include Special Operations Battlefield Airmen. Baumgartner served as an active duty Air Force Aerospace Physiologist and retired in 2001. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the USAF Academy, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.