Wingman Day: a day to come together
By Senior Airman James Hensley, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 02, 2015
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."