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Wingman Day 2009: One Family, One Force

By Mike Joseph | Dec. 11, 2009

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Lackland senior leadership has designated Dec. 16 as Wingman Day, the focal point and anchor for the year-round culture of Wingmen taking care of each other.

The theme of this year's Wingman Day is One Family, One Force.

"We want this message to not only stretch out to the unit but to the families as well," said Master Sgt. Eric Culver, one of the event organizers. "Activities will take place inside the units to meet each unit's specific organizational needs. We don't want it to stop there; we want it to continue on to each and every member of the family."

The day offers a break in the day-to-day mission with an opportunity to solidify relationships, get to know peers in a more meaningful ways, examine the organizational climate and problems, and plan for the future.

Wingman Day begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 16 with a commander's call by Col. William H. Mott V, 37th Training Wing commander, at the Bob Hope Performing Arts Theater.

Unit activities start at 9:30 a.m. and continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Wingman 5K run begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Warhawk Fitness Center. The event is open to Airmen and any family members who wish to participate.

Several units will host an open house for spouses, dependents and family members beginning at 5 p.m.

Open house events promote wingmanship and show the family how a unit functions, its mission and work activities.

Involving families into Wingman Day activities continues to promote this year's Year of the Air Force Family initiative. YoAFF began in July and runs through July 2010.

The three base child development centers will feature interactive safety activities, information booths, displays, handouts and special guests.

Refreshments will be served from 3:30-5 p.m.

McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog are scheduled to be at the youth center between 4-5 p.m. as part of its Wingman Day activities.