Holiday Wingmen

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  • By Col. Thomas Kirkendall
  • 932nd Operations Group
Wingmen and the Holidays

The next two months for many are going to be great months. 

First, Thanksgiving is almost upon us, (we get to stuff ourselves), then Christmas is just around the corner, (we get to make those around us happy with gift giving). Unfortunately there may be a few of us who may not be looking forward to the holidays and the joy they bring. For those who have lost loved ones or are by themselves, this time of year can be very difficult. 

It is extremely important they understand and believe in this family that surrounds them in the 932 AW. Likewise we need to be conscious of their feelings as well and let them know how happy we are to have them in our family. 

We have all heard of making sure we have a wingman with us if we go out partying. This is a great idea, but the wingman culture goes deeper than that. We wingmen are the ones who others can lean on in not so good times. For those who are lonely or down we need to let them know we care and are here to support them. 

How do we do this? The easiest way is to make sure when you see them you talk to them and really listen to them. People notice when you listen. We begin to feel appreciated when we realize people want to hear what we have to say. How many times have you asked somebody "How are you doing?" only to get the reply "Well, ok I guess." 

What does that mean, are they ok or not? Take a few minutes out of your day and listen to others; you might be the one who makes a difference this year and helps somebody realize they have a pretty good life. 

How many times in our rushing around have we not stopped to help out those who need some help, maybe by changing a tire, carrying a heavy load, or just taking the shopping cart back to the rack in the parking lot. Easy ideas that might lighten the load of somebody who feels nobody cares. 

We have a great family here in the 932 AW. Let's share our happiness with those in our wing and those outside as well. 

Have a safe and Happy Holiday season and know that you are cared about!!!!!!!!