(Via Ho’okele News)
Airmen and civilians from the 15th Wing Staff Agencies work together to find clues for an icebreaker communication activity during Wingman Day at the Nelles Annex Chapel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam held Feb. 7.
Story and photo by Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn
15th Wing Public Affairs
Airmen and civilians from the 15th Wing Staff Agencies (WSA) joined together Feb. 7 to participate in Wingman Day at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
This is a day that the Air Force has set aside to focus on Airmen and the camaraderie that they all share.
Col. Johnny Roscoe, 15th Wing commander, spoke to the 15th WSA team to kick off the event at the 535th Airlift Squadron conference room and told the group, “The work that you all do here is incredible.”
Roscoe spoke briefly about the importance of Wingman Day and emphasized the importance of feedback.
“Wingman Day is the fundamental core to developing our Airmen,” Roscoe said. “If we don’t create a contractual agreement with our subordinates and build rapport, I worry we won’t be strong enough to stop bad situations from happening. We need to lay out what’s important to our Airmen and give them constructive criticism while assessing their performance. After all, giving feedback is critical.”
After the opening comments, Tech. Sgt. David Scott, Professional Military Education Center and resiliency instructor, laid the foundation for the event by presenting a resiliency briefing that provided interactive activities for team building, communication, accountability and mission performance.
Scott challenged the participants to recall an instance in which they experienced resiliency in their lives and shared a few with the group.
After the commander’s call, the 15th WSA team gathered at the Nelles Chapel Annex for fellowship activities. Personnel were split up into several teams to compete in various teambuilding and communication exercises.
The healthy living-themed event encouraged everyone to share healthy nutritional facts and cooking ideas with each other. Participants brought in their favorite healthy living recipes which ranged from juice mixes to avocado-chocolate ice cream.
The event concluded with a bowling competition, and the winning team received a squadron trophy for their abilities to work together as the most effective team.
For Airman 1st Class Cameron Geiger, 15th Comptroller Squadron customer service representative, this was his first Wingman Day – having only been at Hickam for three days.
“Wingman Day was a good experience all around,” said Geiger. “The morale for this event seemed really high. Everyone was having a good time while learning something educational at the same time. I really enjoyed how different people defined what resiliency meant to them and how they gave their own specific instances where they had experienced resiliency in their lives. Today helped me to realize that I have always been a resilient Airman.”