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What Can Spouses Expect from Wingman Day?

Schriever Air Force Base will host Wingman University on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, giving Airmen the opportunity to attend briefings supporting Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. (Courtesy graphic)

Schriever Air Force Base will host Wingman University on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, giving Airmen the opportunity to attend briefings supporting Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. (Courtesy graphic)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When I first heard spouses were encouraged to attend Wingman University Oct. 27, I questioned, "What can I expect to get out of attending Wingman Day?"  I thought, sure, it's great our wing leadership is opening up classes to spouses, and that sounds interesting, but "how is this relevant to my life?"  Then I began doing some research.

Many of us have heard terms like Resiliency, Comprehensive Airman Fitness, and four-Pillars, but I needed a refresher on these terms.  Here's what I found.

The CAF mission is to build a thriving Air Force community, that includes spouses and families and that focuses on four-pillars: mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.

We all know military members face a range of challenges including deployments, demanding hours and personal sacrifice. I found the Air Force recognizes that spouses and family members face the same challenges.  The goal of the CAF resiliency program, offered at Wingman University, is to improve our own health and productivity while supporting our military members.

As I scanned the list of Wingman University classes, I realized spouses can participate in free classes about decision making, nutrition, and time management, just to name a few. The list is extensive.

Below is the schedule of events for Wingman University:

9 - 9:45 a.m.           All call

9:45 - 10 a.m.         Travel time

10 - 10:50 a.m.       Class of choice

10:50 - 11 a.m.       Travel time

11 - 11:50 a.m.       Class of choice

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch period

1 - 1:50 p.m.           Class of choice

2 p.m.   Released to commanders

As spouses, we are able to attend with a friend, our spouse, or on our own! No sign-up is necessary, just show up 10 to 15 minutes early for a seat. And if you are in the Key Spouse program, these classes count toward annual training requirements!

Now when I answer the question, "What can I expect to get out of attending Wingman Day?," the answer is "a lot more than I thought, and I'll be better equipped to handle the challenges of being a military spouse!"

For more information, please contact the Wingman Day coordinators Tech. Sgt. Tawny Devine at (719) 567-3705 or Tech. Sgt. Abisarin Scott at (719) 567-2725.
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