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14th Air Force holds Wingman Day

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Fourteenth Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for Space paused for Wingman Day, Oct. 30, with Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines attending wellness-oriented briefings and small group discussions focused on resilience.

"We are wingmen every day to the warfighter downrange by the capabilities we provide," said 14th AF (Air Forces Strategic) and JFCC Space Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond.

"But it is also critically important that we take care of one another," Raymond said.  "We need to be good Wingmen, Battle Buddies, Shipmates," he continued, addressing each of the sister services represented in the crowd assembled in the high bay of the Joint Space Operations Center.

Continuing the theme, 14th AF Command Chief and JFCC Space Command Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon said, "we need to be a sensor every day for when someone is in distress, and leverage those opportunities to be good Wingmen."

To aid the members of 14th AF and JFCC Space in their charge to be good Wingmen, they received briefings on topics such as physical wellness, personality traits and mental health and suicide prevention.

Following the briefings, members gathered in their work centers for breakout sessions focused on achieving and maintaining resiliency.

"I really appreciated the opportunity to talk about resiliency and stress management and how it relates to me personally," said Tech. Sgt. Erica Duran, Manager, Joint Office Manpower/Personnel, 14th AF. "Having an open dialogue with leadership was also beneficial.  We had fun and learned some things, too."