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NEWS | Nov. 19, 2008

Wingman Day offers post-ORI rejuvenation

By Maj. Beth Kelley Horine 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

As the 12th Flying Training Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection continues, Wingman Day offers a light at the end of the tunnel. Scheduled for Dec. 12, Wingman Day gives Airmen the opportunity to relax, reflect and focus on personal development and safety before the holiday season.

"Each year, Wingman Day gives us time to bond as a unit and focus on self-improvement and safety," said Col. Jacqueline Van Ovost, 12th FTW commander, "But this year it's even more important to embrace the Wingman Day concept of Airmen taking care of Airmen after the stress and long hours from the ORI."

Activities for Wingman Day run all day and include an annual safety briefing, squadron-level commanders' briefings, unit time and individual time. Unit time allows organizations to participate in team building and physical fitness activities. Individual time gives wing members the to opportunity to attend at least one of 11 different self-improvement working groups. Working group topics range from nutrition, fitness, finance and stress management to media training, motorcycle safety, spiritual development and sleep improvement.

"The itinerary of activities and working groups has something for everyone," said Maj. Jesse Richardson, Wingman Day co-chairman and 12th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist. "The important thing to remember is it's a day to regroup as a unit, rejuvenate as an individual and focus on safety before the holidays," he added.

Commanders will also receive a toolkit of suggested discussion topics, scenarios and activities to help develop their unit-specific Wingman Day agenda and team building, Major Richardson said. The full day of events will close with a wrap-up and feedback session at each unit.

The Wingman Day itinerary and working group registration will come out Nov. 25 through commanders and unit Wingman Day representatives.