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In-person Wingman Day returns after COVID hiatus

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Juliet Louden
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

For the first time since the COVID pandemic began in 2020, Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station participated in a base-wide, in-person Wingman Day over the July unit training assembly.

“Due to the COVID pandemic, Airmen lost that personal interaction since everything went to a virtual setting,” said Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing. “Wingman Day is a chance for Airmen to see each other face-to-face and get to re-know each other. In some cases, this might be the first time Airmen are meeting in person.”

This year’s Wingman Day started with a video of an Airman telling a story about his experience intervening to assist a friend who was contemplating suicide. The video led to a group discussion about the meaning and importance of trust.

Airmen around YARS spent the remainder of the afternoon in a variety of activities from jousting to paintball, golf, softball, an escape room, ax-throwing and bowling. Wingman Day activities are implemented to build deeper relationships between Airmen, taking the context outside of the work environment.

“Wingman Day is a great opportunity to build bonds, friendships and wingmen spirit,” said Van Dootingh.