Wingman Day: a day to come together

607th Air Control Squadron Airmen attempt to pull the rope from the 56th Security Forces Squadron Airmen during a tug of war match on Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

607th Air Control Squadron Airmen attempt to pull the rope from the 56th Security Forces Squadron Airmen during a tug of war match on Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen participate in a 5K fun run at the start of Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day is a day for Airmen to compete and strengthen the bond between squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen participate in a 5K fun run at the start of Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day is a day for Airmen to compete and strengthen the bond between squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen dance to music during Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day featured several activities including basketball, ultimate Frisbee and more, and concluded with the wing promotion ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen dance to music during Wingman Day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day featured several activities including basketball, ultimate Frisbee and more, and concluded with the wing promotion ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Airman 1st Class Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Group medical technician, shoots to score during Wingman Day while competing in a 3-on-3 basketball game at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day is a day to bring squadrons together from around the base to build morale and compete in various sports activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Airman 1st Class Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Group medical technician, shoots to score during Wingman Day while competing in a 3-on-3 basketball game at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2015. Wingman Day is a day to bring squadrons together from around the base to build morale and compete in various sports activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Senior Airman Benjamin Bright, 56th Dental Squadron dental assistant, hits the ball during the home run derby competition for the base Wingman Day celebration at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 30, 2015. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to have fun with their fellow wingmen. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Senior Airman Benjamin Bright, 56th Dental Squadron dental assistant, hits the ball during the home run derby competition for the base Wingman Day celebration at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 30, 2015. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to have fun with their fellow wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Airmen use teamwork to complete a potato sack race during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 20, 2015. The potato sack race was one of multiple challenges presented during the team-based obstacle course setup as part of the events of the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Airmen use teamwork to complete a potato sack race during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 20, 2015. The potato sack race was one of multiple challenges presented during the team-based obstacle course setup as part of the events of the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Airmen engage in an impromptu dance-off during festivities on Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Wingman Day 2015 included grilled food and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Airmen engage in an impromptu dance-off during festivities on Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Wingman Day 2015 included grilled food and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Airmen play basketball-pong during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Through Wingman Day, Luke Airmen engaged in a wide variety of athletic and recreational competitions designed to strengthen wingmanship and morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Airmen play basketball-pong during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Through Wingman Day, Luke Airmen engaged in a wide variety of athletic and recreational competitions designed to strengthen wingmanship and morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Luke Airmen compete in Sand Volleyball during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Wingman Day offered Luke Airmen the chance to interact and engage with Airmen from other units and sections throughout the base by pitting them against each other in fun activities and competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Luke Airmen compete in Sand Volleyball during Wingman Day 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Sep. 30, 2015. Wingman Day offered Luke Airmen the chance to interact and engage with Airmen from other units and sections throughout the base by pitting them against each other in fun activities and competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Airmen across Luke came together to strengthen bonds and build new ones through sporting events and activities during Wingman Day. The reason for Wingman Day can be overlooked through all the fun, and it's important to take a step back and remember why it's celebrated.

The concept of being a wingman entails mentoring and supporting Airmen.

"Being a wingman means watching out for others and being there for them when they need you," said Airman 1st Class Demetrius Smith, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment journeyman. "Wingman Day is a time for Airmen to figure out who their wingmen are and to socialize with the ones we have. It's also about interacting and learning to work together."

Wingman Day supports comradery and fosters better relations between Airmen.

"We should do this more often," said Airman 1st Class Sam Kenyon, 56th CES heavy equipment journeyman. "It's a huge boost for morale and gives Airmen across base a chance to come together and compete in friendly activities."

Airmen had a huge list of events to keep them busy throughout the day that included an obstacle course, tug of war, bubble ball, home run derby, a soccer challenge, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, trashcan pong, volleyball, and a cornhole tournament. There was also a picnic  for all participants.

After all the games have ended, hopefully Airmen will have built new and stronger relationships with someone always in their corner.

"The important thing is to find a wingman you can trust," Smith said. "Someone you can go to with anything and be able to talk is all part of being a wingman for someone."

Having a wingman isn't restricted to the military, in fact the civilian side can benefit from the wingman concept.

"One thing most civilians who have never served don't understand is the true bond military members have," said Airman 1st Class Audra Stanton, 607th Air Control Squadron weapons simulation technician. "You may not like someone personally but when the time counts everyone comes together as a family with the common goal to take care of each other and our nation."