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BLAZE Team become better Wingmen

The BLAZE Team came together following the Warrior Run Nov. 20 to sing the Air Force Song. Participants ran a two mile path on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

The BLAZE Team came together following the Warrior Run Nov. 20 to sing the Air Force Song. Participants ran a two mile path on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Medical Group lisen on as the 14th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Dave Gerber, delivers his Commander's Call address Nov. 20 to kick off  the Wingman Day activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Medical Group lisen on as the 14th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Dave Gerber, delivers his Commander's Call address Nov. 20 to kick off the Wingman Day activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Master Sgt. Allen Ridgon, 14th Flying Training Wing First Sergeant, Chief MASter Sgt. Ron Bowlan, 14th FTW Command Chief Master Sergeant, Col. Dave Gerber, 14th FTW commander, and Col. Jeff Dunn, 14th FTW vice commander, lead the formation for the two mile Warrior Run at sunrise, Nov. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Master Sgt. Allen Ridgon, 14th Flying Training Wing First Sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. Ron Bowlan, 14th FTW Command Chief Master Sergeant, Col. Dave Gerber, 14th FTW commander, and Col. Jeff Dunn, 14th FTW vice commander, lead the formation for the two mile Warrior Run at sunrise Nov. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 41st Flying Training Squadron stretch before the Warrior Run Nov. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 41st Flying Training Squadron stretch before the Warrior Run Nov. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Secuirty Forces Squadron run in formation during the Warrior Run with their commander, Maj. Kiley Stinson, leading the way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Secuirty Forces Squadron run in formation during the Warrior Run with their commander, Maj. Kiley Stinson, leading the way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

BLAZE Team members ran a two mile Warrior Run in formation to jump start the Wingman Day activities. The event provided team building skills to each of the units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

BLAZE Team members ran a two mile Warrior Run in formation to jump start the Wingman Day activities. The event provided team building skills to each of the units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. -- With the cool breeze and the sun rising on the flightline, the BLAZE Team gathered Nov. 20 to participate in Wingman Day activities. 

The day started with a commander's call by the 14th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Dave Gerber. In his address Colonel Gerber spoke about the new Airman's Creed. He broke down every verse and what it means to him. 

Next each unit formed up for the Warrior's Run. With the Wing Staff Agency leading the way, all units ran a two mile path in formation on the flightline. 

Following the run, the BLAZE Team formed together to sing the Air Force song before being released to their individual units for their activities. During that time, units were able to focus on principles such as responsible drinking behavior, financial management, operational risk management, suicide and sexual assault prevention. It was also an opportunity for team building and for units to bond together. 

General William Looney III, Air Education and Training Command commander, stresses the importance of carrying out the concepts of Wingman Day throughout the year. 

"The goal of Wingman Day in Air Education and Training Command is to build unit camaraderie and give every member of our team confidence they have someone at work to whom they can turn for help... not just on a designated Wingman Day, but every day of the year," General Looney said. 

"Wingman Day provided an opportunity for Columbus AFB personnel to take a step back from the daily grind to focus solely on reinforcing the Wingman concept, reacquainting Airmen with culture principles and revitalizing our dedication to being great Wingmen," said 2nd Lt. Douglas Kelley, 14th Flying Training Wing. 

The Wingman concept is and has always been an important part of Air Force culture in the flying community. The Air Force has taken the concept from the flightline into daily AF culture where Airmen take care of each other 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

"It is important to remember that while Wingman Day is only one day on the calendar, all Airmen must internalize the principles incorporated in the Wingman concept. By implementing these concepts in conjunction with our Core Values Airmen, have the toolkit to guide decision making all year round," said Kelley.