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Preserving Wingman culture


Being a good Wingman is more than simply showing up to work and checking tasks off a list. It takes initiative, empathy and a willingness to care for fellow Airmen and Guardians to embody the Wingman culture. To recognize and emphasize these ideals, Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases participated in Wingman Day, April 13.

Wingman Days usually occur twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

“The purpose of Wingman Day is to offer Airmen and Guardians an opportunity to take a pause from normal operations, focus on their individual resilience, and connect with others and build the social support that is critical when we encounter challenges in our lives,” said Jess Schroeder, Peterson AFB community support coordinator.

Chad Littlefield, co-founder and chief experience officer of We and Me Inc., an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter, was the guest speaker at the last Wingman Day, held August 2020 at Peterson AFB. Following the success of his first facilitation, Littlefield was invited to return again in April for the garrison.

“Our hope is that participants will be able to create more meaningful connections after the session,” said Mary Devitt, Schriever AFB community support coordinator. “Chad is an expert on creating trust and community within teams, which is what we want for our Airmen and Guardians at all levels.”

Schroeder explained the desired outcome for this event is for Airmen and Guardians to experience a new sense of support from those around them. They should feel refreshed, reinvigorated and motivated to improve their own personal resilience.

After the morning facilitation conducted via Zoom, units were released to conduct their own team building exercises and strengthen relationships within their workforce. Some of the activities Peterson-Schriever Garrison units participated in included hiking, axe throwing, go-karting, miniature golf and a zip-line course.

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