Wingman Week focuses on resilience

by Josie Cordova
86th Force Support Squadron

Ramstein will reinforce the wingman concept by focusing on developing resilient Airmen as the base kicks off Wingman Week Monday to Dec. 9.

“We want to emphasize resiliency and the importance of the human connection,” said Brig. Gen. C.K. Hyde, 86th Airlift Wing commander. “Knowing the person next to you is the first step in addressing issues that could degrade the mission.”

Resilient Airmen are fit in all domains of their life: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. The Ramstein Integrated Delivery System team, made up of the helping agencies on base such as the health and wellness center, Family Advocacy Program, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment program, mental health, chaplains, and Airman & Family Readiness Center will have a variety of

activities and briefings available for commanders to use to round out Wingman Day activities in their units.

The goal of this Wingman Week is to improve the resiliency of individuals through structured discussion in small groups and team-building exercises

at the squadron level.

Unit facilitators will lead the small group discussions for each unit’s Wingman Day.

Hyde said Wingman Week will highlight situational awareness, life challenges, stress, communication, nutrition and fitness. It will also focus on how to tell if someone is in distress, how to regain a sense of control over oneself and how to build a well-rounded life that appropriately balances the everyday demands placed on our Airmen.

“Airmen who demonstrate respect, concern and gratitude for their co-workers, friends and family have what it takes to be a good wingman,” Hyde said. “Airmen who act with compassion for others and build a culture of caring are positive representatives in their community and for our nation.”