Increase your offensive, defensive edge

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  • By Col. Jerry Martinez
  • 62nd Airlift Wing commander
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month draws near, I'm reminded again just how important every Airman is to the team. 

Preventing sexual assault is not just about heightening awareness -- it's about being good wingmen.

The original idea behind the wingman is mutual support between pilots in air combat.

Not only do wingmen increase the offensive edge, they also increase situational awareness in a potentially dangerous environment. 

But the application of the wingman reaches well beyond the skies.

In a similar way, all Airmen must look out for one another.

As a wingman, you have the ability to help your peers see the bigger picture, both at work or in a social setting, at home and while deployed.

Being a wingman is a selfless attitude.

Whether stopping a friend from drinking and driving, or ensuring a fellow Airman does not leave with a stranger, we must watch out for each other.

This and many more topics will be brought up during the next Wingman Day on April 27.

Mark your calendars! And while you're at it, make sure you keep a lookout for Sexual Assault Awareness Month events during April.

I cannot stress enough the importance of safety, moreover safety in numbers.

Be good wingmen and take care of each other. Never forget what being a wingman is all about -- Airmen helping Airmen -- and put it to practice every day no matter where you are.

Every one of you is a valued member of Team McChord.