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Wingman University exemplifies resiliency and support

Wingman University 2019 Graphic

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Photo of Wingman Day Resiliency Walk

Wingman University participants reach a resiliency walk checkpoint during the 2019 fall Wingman Day Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Checkpoint stations were placed throughout the walk with a challenge or discussion topic based on the four pillars of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual. The Air Force teaches its members to use these four pillars to help build resiliency and sustain a healthy workplace and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman Day expo event

Wingman University participants interact with various base support agencies and organizations during the expo portion of Wingman Day activities Nov. 1, 2019, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The expo allowed service members and civilians the opportunity to speak directly with representatives of support agencies and base organizations to get any information and resources they might need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman Day expo event

Wingman University participants interact with various base support agencies and organizations during the expo portion of Wingman Day Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The expo allowed service members and civilians the opportunity to speak directly with representatives of support agencies and base organizations to get any information and resources they might need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo from Wingman Day closing ceremony

Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, speaks during the Wingman University closing ceremony Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The university themed Wingman Day spurred from feedback during the recent Resiliency Tactical Pause, an Air-Force wide effort to help prevent suicides and help Airmen in need by giving them time back to connect and break down barriers. The 30th Space Wing is continuing to build on the foundation of the RTP by tying in the team-building focus of its Wingman Day program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman University class

Capt. Luke Davidiuk, 30th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron director of psychological health, introduces his course “How to get better sleep” to Wingman University students Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The university themed Wingman Day spurred from feedback during the recent Resiliency Tactical Pause, an Air-Force wide effort to help prevent suicides and help Airmen in need by giving them time back to connect and break down barriers. The 30th Space Wing is continuing to build on the foundation of the RTP by tying in the team-building focus of its Wingman Day program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman Day lunchtime campground

Wingman University participants meet up at their unit campsites for lunch and open recreation time during 2019 fall Wingman Day Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The university themed Wingman Day spurred from feedback during the recent Resiliency Tactical Pause, an Air-Force wide effort to help prevent suicides and help Airmen in need by giving them time back to connect and break down barriers. The 30th Space Wing is continuing to build on the foundation of the RTP by tying in the team-building focus of its Wingman Day program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman Day campgrounds

Wingman University participants meet up at their unit campsites for lunch and open recreation time during 2019 fall Wingman Day Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The university themed Wingman Day spurred from feedback during the recent Resiliency Tactical Pause, an Air-Force wide effort to help prevent suicides and help Airmen in need by giving them time back to connect and break down barriers. The 30th Space Wing is continuing to build on the foundation of the RTP by tying in the team-building focus of its Wingman Day program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Photo of Wingman Day Resiliency Walk

Wingman University participants take part in a resiliency walk during the 2019 fall Wingman Day Nov. 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Checkpoint stations were placed throughout the walk with a challenge or discussion topic based on the four pillars of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual. The Air Force teaches its members to use these four pillars to help build resiliency and sustain a healthy workplace and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

One might forgive Vandenberg Air Force Base for looking more like a college campus than a military installation for a day. With base personnel donning their favorite college apparel in place of uniforms and work clothes as they walk to their elected classes, a relaxed theme of education and learning is on the curriculum for Wingman University Nov. 1, 2019.

The idea for Wingman University spurred from feedback during the recent Resiliency Tactical Pause, an Air-Force wide effort to help prevent suicides and help Airmen in need by giving them time back to connect and break down barriers. The 30th Space Wing is continuing to build on the foundation of the RTP by tying in the team-building focus of its Wingman Day program.

“The Resilience Tactical Pause was largely about receiving feedback to understand how we as an Air Force can better care for our Airmen,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daryl Hogan, 30th SW command chief. “Wingman Day, as practiced here with Team Vandenberg, is about culture. It’s about creating and continuing a culture of inclusion among our teammates where we take a step back from the daily grind and focus on connecting with one another. In a nutshell, Wingman Day is putting the idea behind the RTP into action.”

At the core of Wingman University is a curriculum of twenty elective courses Airmen and civilians can select from. These courses look to provide tips and advice on various life skills including: relationship advice, leadership tools, work-life balance, stress management and creating goals.

“We liked the idea of offering many different types of resilience classes where the student had the choice to select which class to attend,” explained Pauline Chui, 30th SW community support coordinator. “We hope that each member of Team Vandenberg has a chance to build on their own resilience skills in some way. We also hope they will be able to reflect on their own comprehensive health and are able take away some new skill from the day that will help strengthen their personal resilience.”

For members of Vandenberg AFB, Wingman Day provides an opportunity to explore various self-improvement classes in a way they see fit, choosing the topics they believe will be most helpful or interesting to them, and making connections along the way.

“Everyone should know that they matter, and they are part of a team that cares,” said Chui. “If someone is feeling helpless or hopeless or going through some difficult times, we hope they know they can call on their fellow Airmen at Team Vandenberg or one of our helping agencies for assistance. Conveying this message has always been a priority throughout the year for us, and Wingman Day is a capstone of these efforts.”