Team Kadena participates in Wingman Day

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Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Group push a Humvee during a Wingman Day relay at Kenny Park Oct. 2, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Wingman Day was an opportunity for Airmen to step outside of their day-to-day work environment to focus on team-building exercises as part of the Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Group push a Humvee during a Wingman Day relay at Kenny Park Oct. 2, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Wingman Day was an opportunity for Airmen to step outside of their day-to-day work environment to focus on team-building exercises as part of the Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

Team Kadena participates in Wingman Day

by: Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: October 07, 2015

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan  -- Members of Team Kadena focused on team-building and developing bonds on Wingman Day here Oct. 2

Wingman Day encourages Comprehensive Airmen Fitness and enhancing resiliency skills with group activities to promote cooperation between Airmen.

 "The goal of Wingman Day is found in the very definition of a Wingman," said Lisa Velez, community support coordinator. "To encourage Airmen and their families to look out for each other, in tandem with promoting Comprehensive Airman Fitness, reflective of the four domains:  mental, physical, social, and spiritual."

 Each squadron hosted their own events to promote wingmanship that included scavenger hunts, paintball games, World War II base tours, sports tournaments, viewing and discussions of a resiliency film and more.

 Resiliency trainers also conducted a series of classes throughout the day, which comprise the Individual Resiliency Skills Course. Course topics ranged from improving problem solving skills and accomplishing goals to active constructive responding.

 "In my opinion, fall Wingman Day was simply exceptional," said Velez. "Not only because of those items such as CAF integration activities, Dave Roever, etc., but also for what many did not witness which was an innumerate amount of commands and agencies that worked tirelessly together in order to contribute to a day that would resonate with each member of Kadena Air Base. I am already looking forward to next Wingman Day and how we may continue to work together for the care and keeping of this community."

 A series of commander's calls led by Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, were hosted with guest speaker Roever, a Vietnam veteran who was injured during the Vietnam War, who now travels the world telling his inspirational story of resiliency and adversity to service members and their families.  

 "I tried to pull the tube on myself," said Roever. "I was in so much pain and I knew my wife wouldn't love me anymore, but then I started getting hungry, and realized I pulled my food tube. I thought, 'I can't die on an empty stomach,' and I have never been happier that I pulled the wrong tube."

 Roever told stories imbedded with humor and tears of his experience and all of the struggles he went through recovering from the wounds he received during Vietnam. He spoke about how he overcame his disadvantages and how his resiliency saved his life.

 "Brig. Gen. Cornish commander's call captured emotion in the many who stayed afterwards to share with him their own tragedy to triumph stories and in some cases to convey that in that moment they were in the midst of the tragedy but were inspired to seek the triumph," said Velez.  

 Roever's speech was broadcast on American Forces Network Commander's Access Channel and on the radio. Footage of his presentation is also available to watch on YouTube.