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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

188th builds camaraderie, unity, resilience through Wingman Day

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 obstacle course.

"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 fellow wingmen."

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," Stigler said.

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 188th."

Wingman Day Olympics results
Team results
1st place: 153rd Intelligence Squadron
2nd place: 188th Civil Engineer Squadron Team 1
3rd place: 123rd Intelligence Squadron

Individual results
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

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