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From the Top: Wingman Day focuses on building resilience

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Citizen Airman/Feb 2011 -- Last summer, the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff directed that every member of the Air Force team take a break from their busy schedules to focus on two extremely important topics -- suicide prevention and motor vehicle accident prevention. Within the Air Force Reserve Command, we met with our friends and co-workers to learn more about these issues and discuss ways to become better wingmen.

I thank you for taking part in last summer's Wingman Day and ask for your help as we execute Winter Wingman Day 2011. Over the next two months, all Reserve units will meet to reinforce the wingman concept as the foundation for building resilient Airmen.

The goal is to improve resiliency through structured discussions and emphasize the importance of being vigilant wingmen. In small groups, leaders will guide the discussions using slides with embedded video examples. Commanders and facilitators, selected for their own solid resiliency skills, will lead these events.

I realize that some of you may have already had your Winter Wingman Day. If that's the case, I hope you learned of ways to improve your own resiliency and recognize when one of your fellow Airmen may need help. If your organization hasn't had its Winter Wingman Day yet, I encourage you to pay close attention and actively participate in the small group discussions.

As Citizen Airmen, we face unique challenges and stresses in our day-to-day lives. However, as you will learn during the Winter Wingman Day, resiliency is a skill that can be learned and developed, and we can all be better wingmen.