A Wingman and a Friend

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  • By Dwayne McClellan
  • 341st Space Wing Inspector General
What it takes to be a good wingman is actually pretty simple when you look at it. As a friend or co-worker, everyday we interact with those around us and may often notice subtle changes in mood, behavior, and work habits. The question we all have to ask ourselves is when we see these changes, what do we do about them? Do you engage in conversation with your friend or co-worker or do you look the other way hoping not be put in a position where you may have to make a tough decision? 

Today our force is faced with several daily challenges along with personal challenges; whether it is posting out to one of the flight areas, deploying in support of the on-going war on terror, or preparing to depart on a remote assignment. These are daily and personal stressors that can have an impact on each of us in totally different ways. For some, a small, simple issue to one person could be a major issue for someone else. The key to succeeding in not only completing the mission but also handling things personally depends on how well we look after and take care of each other. 

We have to be aware when someone around us starts to display a change in behavior, work habits or personal interaction with others. When we see these things, we can't be afraid to interact with the person and try to discover what is going on and why they appear to be having difficulties. We have to be that friend and wingman, to step in and help out where we can. 

If you feel the situation is beyond your control, don't be afraid to get assistance from someone in your chain of command, a Chaplain or Life Skills. We, as an Air Force family, have a wide variety of tools available to us no matter what the issue or problem is. Remember ,we all need help from time to