by Staff Sgt. Hannah Dickerson
188th Wing Public Affairs
6/10/2015 - EBBING AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ar. -- Airmen
from the 188th Wing challenged each other in friendly competitions
here, June 7, 2015, to promote camaraderie, unity and focus on
resiliency as a part of Wingman Day.
Wingman Day is designed to encourage Airmen to build and foster positive
relationships not only in their work area, but throughout the wing with
events included a 1.5 mile run, volleyball, horseshoes, a mile relay,
free-throw competition, golf pitching, a casting contest and a safety
"The Wingman Olympics are competitions designed to encourage team
building in the different units," said 2nd Lt. Jake Tidwell, 188th
Wingman Day coordinator assigned to the 188th Intelligence, Surveillance
and Reconnaissance Group. "Fun events such as this help boost morale
and offer a chance to get out of the office to spend time with our
Maj. Sara Stigler, 153rd Intelligence Squadron commander, noted that
she's seen increased improvements in her unit and how they've worked
together as a team through the Wingman Day activities.
"It's only been a year since the conversion and I can already see how
the 153rd has united with Airmen coming from different backgrounds,"
The "wingman concept" promotes an environment of supporting and helping one another, no matter what situation may arise.
As the wing moves forward in the conversion process from a manned flying
unit to an ISR mission, it is vital that unit members build valuable
relationships that help strengthen the mission.
"I think it's important that we spend time with members outside of our
career fields," said Tidwell. "This event allows us to work on team
building and resiliency among wing members as we begin a new mission and
as new squadrons are established."
In each event, 1st place received 25 points, 2nd place received 15
points and 3rd place received 5 points. Col. Bobbi Doorenbos, 188th Wing
commander, presented a trophy to the squadron finishing in 1st place.
"It is such a proud moment to see all our Airmen come together for some
friendly competition to not only challenge one another, but to also push
and encourage each other to grow as individuals and a team," said
Doorenbos. "Resiliency and unity, across the board, is something that is
at the heart of building a strong family, which is what we are at the
Wingman Day Olympics results
1st place: 153rd Intelligence Squadron
2nd place: 188th Civil Engineer Squadron Team 1
3rd place: 123rd Intelligence Squadron
1.5 mile run (men): Airman 1st Class Dylan Lindley, 153rd Intelligence Squadron, 9:09
1.5 mile run (women): Tech. Sgt. Rachel Ponder, 188th Communications Flight, 10:08
Volleyball: 188th Security Forces Squadron
Mile relay: 188th Civil Engineer Squadron Team 2
Free throws: Master Sgt. John Ashworth, 188th Medical Group
Golf Pitching: Ian Bellisario, 188th Student Flight
Horseshoes: 188th Civil Engineer Squadron Team 1
Casting contest: Master Sgt. Jodie Haralson, 188th Communications Flight
Safety obstacle course: Lt. Col. Keith Brannon, 188th Wing