Airmen come together through resiliency

by Airman Larissa Greatwood
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael StuartPeople gather to play football during Resiliency Day June 19 on Ramstein. The day allowed the members of the 86th Airlift Wing to get out and meet new people as well as build teams and working relationships.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
People gather to play football during Resiliency Day June 19 on Ramstein. The day allowed the members of the 86th Airlift Wing to get out and meet new people as well as build teams and working relationships.

The 86th Airlift Wing hosted Resiliency Day, allowing Department of Defense members and civilians in the KMC to come together, take some time away from their offices and work as a team June 19.

Resiliency Day consisted of many events, such as the Mudless Mudder, an information fair and a barbecue.

Resiliency Day gave participants the opportunity to spend time with others and build working relationships.

“The importance of the event was to stress that we all need to be resilient,” said Master Sgt. Benjamin Cameron, 693rd Intelligence Support Squadron first sergeant. “With all the things that are happening in the Air Force, from force management to budget cuts, we just need to build a team environment, more camaraderie and increase resiliency.”

To start out the morning, attendees were given the opportunity to form teams and participate in the Mudless Mudder. The course was approximately four miles, which consisted of obstacles, including a low-crawl through the mud, a tightrope and two ice water dunk tanks. More than 70 teams participated in the event.


The large event required a lot of organization. Jan Devitt, 86th Airlift Wing community support coordinator, said the event wouldn’t have been possible without all of the assistance she received.

“A lot of planning went into the event,” Devitt said. “We had help from everyone in the community to build obstacles and get equipment, direct traffic and help people cross the street. We were fortunate to have donations from the (Ramstein Enlisted Spouses’ Association) and the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses Club.  It’s a little easier at smaller bases. Here, it’s difficult, because we’re not sure who has what, but everyone pulled together to make it happen. It was awesome.”

The first place trophy was awarded to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron with a time of 37:54, second place was awarded to the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron with a time of 40:30, and third place was awarded to the 86th Operations Support Squadron with a time of 41:09. The last place trophy was awarded to the 86th Dental Squadron with a time of 1:30:24. The best costume went to the 86th Munitions Squadron.