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AF Core Values define wingmanship

By Master Sgt. LaCreshia Trapp Barksdale Total Force Development Council

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What is a wingman?  A wingman is a person who helps, protects or guides a friend or associate. 

We are all charged with being more than just a worker at our jobs.  We are asked to be a helper, a friend, a shoulder to lean on, a confidant, a mentor, and over all, an Airman.  How does that relate to who we are and what we do?  It relates to our Core Values:  Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  These values insist we be wingmen and take care of one another.

Our wingmen come in various forms:  military, civilians, contractors, and spouses.  These are the people we work with each day and have the capability to notice when we are not acting the same or when something is wrong.  They come to us and offer help because they want to make sure we are healthy mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  The 2nd Bomb Wing Commander, Col. Kristin Goodwin, encourages us all to be wingmen by focusing on people, mission, and pride in our Air Force heritage. 

Wingmanship is a part of our daily duties and there are hundreds of untold stories that happen each and every day.

Some tips to become a great wingman are:
- Pay attention to the people around you and your surroundings
- Be interested in their lives; care
- Be willing to stand up for what is right, regardless of popularity
- Take care of each other

If we all incorporate these few things into our daily lives, we can assure the Air Force is an outstanding force!  So let us get out, get moving, and stay connected!