By Senior Airman Naomi Griego
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, concluded the wing’s Wingman Day events with an all call April 22 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
Hundreds of Team Schriever members filled the fitness center to listen to Liquori speak about what it means to be a Wingman. He recapped how the training, during Wingman Day, should make members more cognizant of how to promote resiliency amongst each other and themselves.
The two-day event included suicide prevention training and sexual assault awareness and prevention training in small group settings within 50 SW units. Some units took advantage of the flexibility to control their team-building activities and went hiking, played softball and even had a motivational speaker. All in an effort to encourage and promote wingmenship and resilience.
The theme of this Wingman Day was ACE, Ask, Care, Escort, and what it means to be a good Wingman.
ACE-ing being a Wingman means asking someone how they are doing. It means knowing how to assist them by familiarizing yourself with resources that can help them.
“We’ve explained the Wingman concept on the ground wherever we are, whether it’s in the unit, whether it’s at a social event, you name it, it’s still the same principles as flying wingmen,” said Liquori.
He stated there are things we could be doing to look out for one another as teammates.
“Watching out for one another, checking each other’s six, making sure individuals are making smart decisions, that’s what we need to be doing as wingmen within the 50 SW and at Schriever Air Force Base,” he added.
Liquori said he sees examples of people being good Wingmen all the time, but there’s more that can be done.
“We need to remember it’s a 24/7 responsibility to watch out for one another,” he said. “That’s how we succeed with increased stress and decreased resources.”
Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins, 50th Operations Group acting first sergeant said his unit is closer because of Wingman Day.
“It was really great to be able to come together and get to know each other better,” Jenkins said.
The 50 OG staff held their small group sessions for suicide prevention together and also had an indoor rock climbing event. Jenkins said the feedback from the ops group has been good.
“The event allowed us to step away from our daily routines and share some of our experiences,” he said. “Coming together in an informal setting helped open some of our eyes to the struggles people are facing.”