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NEWS | April 4, 2013

JBSA organizations celebrate Wingman Day throughout April

By Alex Salinas Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Organizations at Joint Base San Antonio are gearing up to celebrate Wingman Day throughout April.

Wingman Day was developed to boost morale and highlight the wingman concept - the promise, pledge and commitment between Airmen to provide mutual support in all things.

"The emphasis of Wingman Day is for small group discussions to provide skills and strategies related to health, mission performance and unit cohesion," Senior Airman Katie Bowling, 902nd Mission Support Group Wingman Day coordinator, said. "Each separate organization will coordinate its own events, but do not have an agenda to follow."

Good wingmanship includes motivating others to improve physical fitness test scores, staying late at work to help someone with a heavy workload, being an active listener and providing encouraging feedback, Bowling said.

"Wingman Day is a day when we gather as a unit to remind everyone the importance of being a good friend and coworker," 2nd Lt. Richard Belcher, 902nd Contracting Squadron contract administrator, said. "We also give reminders on how people can deal with stressful areas in their lives, like relationships, finances and how to read people's emotions and how to approach them."

"We all have good days and bad days; a wingman can laugh with someone on a good day and encourage him on a bad day," Belcher added.

Another Airman sees Wingman Day as an opportunity to safeguard the welfare of his fellows.

"It's about keeping an eye out on each other and being my 'brother's keeper,'" Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Bob Wido, JBSA-Randolph installation chaplain, said. "A true wingman takes responsibility that someone else's needs are taken care of."

Contact unit commanders for any planned Wingman Day events.