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10th ABW ‘looking out for each other’

10th Air Base Wing members practice timing, teamwork and communication skills during a Wingman Day event outside Arnold Hall Thursday. During the half-day event participants focused on team concepts, camaraderie, leadership, motivational themes and even 10th Air Base Wing history. (Photo by Ken Carter)

10th Air Base Wing members practice timing, teamwork and communication skills during a Wingman Day event outside Arnold Hall Thursday. During the half-day event participants focused on team concepts, camaraderie, leadership, motivational themes and even 10th Air Base Wing history. (Photo by Ken Carter)

By Academy Spirit Staff

Thursday provided ample opportunity for members of the 10th Air Base Wing to exercise an Air Force time-honored tradition from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in and around Arnold Hall.

10th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Rick LoCastro reminded Airmen that the Air Force established the “Wingman” program to encourage Airmen and their families to look out for each other. “We definitely are pumping this up in the 10 ABW!”

‘Wingman,’ is a term in the Air Force flying community, describing how a lead pilot will never lose his/her Wingman.  “It’s a promise … a commitment … between Airmen-and in the 10 ABW we are re-affirming that pledge,” Colonel LoCastro said.

During the half-day event participants focused on team concepts, camaraderie, leadership, motivational themes, and even 10th Air Base Wing’s history.

According to Wingman Day Event Chairman Capt. Lisa Mull the activity was instrumental in getting members of the wing out of their daily routines and afforded lots of opportunity to intermingle. “This was a great way for all wing members to meet some new people they wouldn’t normally cross paths with in the performance of their regular duties,” she said.

The objective was for all to learn of the past and garner insight into the unit’s future. Members conducted various forms of training and were further reminded of critical issues.

“More importantly, we took time to get to know each other better,” Colonel LoCastro said.

The overall agenda, according to the wing commander, included some unique presentations, events, and even a surprise guest speaker-former Denver Bronco All-Pro linebacker Randy Gradishar who talked about teamwork, leadership, and family.

During his address to the wing, Mr. Gradishar distinguished the difference between being successful and being a champion. In doing so, he pointed Academy members toward aiming at living, working and thinking like champions.

“The Air Force cultivates and instills this same culture between all Airmen via the Wingman program because, as Airmen, we are all part of a much larger team,” Colonel LoCastro said.  “All of us need Wingmen to succeed … and each of us needs to be a Wingman to ensure to total team effort.”

The 10th Air Base Wing is made up of many parts and many different missions. Members aspire to create a solid cohesive focused force on the Academy … one responsible for maintaining and supporting the overall mission.  “It’s all about the TEAM … and taking care of our Teammates-military, civilians, contractors, and family members … the entire 10th Air Base Wing Team!” Colonel LoCastro said.

The wing commander also presented several of his new ABOVE & BEYOND awards to personnel who have gone out of their way to achieve or provide customer service.

Anyone can nominate someone else for the award and this time the commander received more than 60 nominations from which the top five were selected for special recognition.

“Wingmen come in many forms … sometimes assisting each other … often times providing assistance, help, service to a customer or a total stranger in need,” the colonel concluded.

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