Airmen help each other through teamwork

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  • By Col. Jerry Martinez
  • 62nd Airlift Wing commander
Recently, Team McChord concluded its Air Force Assistance Fund campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of McChord Airmen and the hard work of our campaign volunteers, we reached our goal of 100 percent contact and exceeded our dollar goal for donations, with a greater percentage of our Airmen contributing than at any other base in Air Mobility Command!

The AFAF campaign is all about Airmen taking care of Airmen. All the money raised will benefit Airmen or their family members through a variety of organizations.

It's humbling to be part of an organization whose members care so much about taking care of each other.

Our concern for taking care of our fellow Airmen is the basis of the wingman concept.

Today, every work center on base will be either minimally-manned or closed for Wingman Day, and Airmen from shops and offices throughout the base will come together to discuss issues ranging from sexual assault to team building.

This day is an opportunity for all McChord Airmen to speak frankly about some serious issues.

Sooner or later you will face issues such as stress management and communication difficulties at work or other issues that may be even more severe.

We need to educate our Airmen and ourselves about these issues and learn how to cope with and overcome them.

No Airman should ever have to face a difficult situation, whether it's stress or something more serious, on his or her own.

We are the world's greatest Air Force because of our teamwork and how well we support each other.

Please take this day seriously and use it to become the best wingman you can for your fellow Airmen.