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Wingman Day to take place Nov. 17

MINOT AIR FORE BASE, N.D. -- Groups, squadrons, flights and offices will participate in Wingman Day Nov. 17. 

"A wingman is a person that exhibits integrity first, service before self and excellence in all you do on a daily basis at home or abroad. Respect each other regardless of gender, age, religious belief or race," said Marilyn Nurenberger, Minot Air Force Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program coordinator. "Basically Airmen taking care of Airmen." 

Wingman Day events will start with smaller, work-unit team-building activities.
"Each squadron leader will determine what activities will maximize and enhance working relationships, challenge active duty members to re-evaluate their commitment to being a great wingman and celebrate their unit's accomplishments," said Ms. Nurenberger. 

Activities can include team sporting events, unit picnics, off-sites, participation in community volunteer programs (e.g., Adopt a Highway clean-up), etc., said Ms. Nurenberger. 

"These are examples only," she said. "Flexibility and creativity are encouraged as long as the activity meets the criteria noted above, and is consistent with the desired outcome. The purpose is to strengthen the morale and welfare of each unit by examining organizational strengths and vulnerabilities and empowering and encouraging Airmen to not only become great wingmen, but future leaders." 

Most importantly, Wingman Day is a day of reflection for each squadron and staff agency to pause in their day-to-day mission focus, according to Ms. Nurenberger. 

"This will allow co-workers to solidify relationships and get to know each other on a personal level," she said. "How can you be a wingman if you do not know each other on a personal level?"
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