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Wingman Day at MacDill

by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord
Chief of Internal Information

Editor’s note: Staff Sgt. Brian Jones (above right) captains a 6th Security Forces Squadron patrol boat as his wingman, Senior Airman Jeffery Engel, keeps an eye on the bay. The two exemplify the Wingman Day theme, “Airman taking care of Airmen.”

Photo by Airman Jose Climaco

The "wingman" is not a new term within the Air Force community. For many years wingmen have positioned themselves outside and behind the wing of the lead aircraft when flying in formation.

Building on this concept and philosophy, being a wingman took on another meaning when Gen. John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the United States Air Force, instituted "Wingman Day" throughout the Air Force in 2004.

"We are the world's greatest air and space power because of you, America's Airmen," said General Jumper.

Wingman Day, a day where the focus is "Airmen taking care of Airmen," is a reminder for all Airmen be a good wingman everyday. Accordingly, the 6th Air Mobility Wing's upcoming Wingman/Safety Focus Day will be held Wednesday, and it is designed to coincide with the kick-off of the nation's "101 Critical Days of Summer" theme.

Focusing on safety when accomplishing any task is a big part of watching out for your fellow wingman. To further emphasize this idea, the 6th Air Mobility Wing safety office, in conjunction with several other organizations from on and off base, will be presenting a series of mass briefings at three locations on MacDill for all 6th AMW military personnel. Civilians are also invited and encouraged to attend these sessions.

Briefings will begin at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Base Theater, Officer's Club and 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron warehouse (Bldg. P-49.) All three briefing sessions will run simultaneously with wing personnel attending one of the three locations for their first briefing at 7:30 a.m. and then rotating to the next location for the second and third briefings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. respectively.

Members of the 6th Communications Squadron, Director of Staff, 6th Mission Support Squadron and 6th Services Squadron should go to the Base Theater for their first briefing. Members of the 6th Maintenance Group, 6th LRS and 6th Civil Engineer Squadron will attend their first briefing at the 6th LRS warehouse. Personnel from the 6th Operations Group, 6th Security Forces Squadron, 6th Contracting Squadron and 6th Mission Support Group staff will attend their first briefing at the Officers' Club.

The three briefings will also be given at the Base Theater for "swing shift" personnel beginning at 5 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. for "grave shift" personnel.

The briefings will cover a wide range of issues including safety preparedness, community safety and personal safety, encompassing topics from hurricane preparedness to the prevention of car jackings and much more.

Following the briefings, groups/ squadrons will make use of the remainder of the duty day to address safety and wingman issues relative to their specific unit population.

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