Team Dover participates in Wingman Day

Team Dover Airmen run toward the center line to grab balls while playing dodgeball during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, in the fitness center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Besides dodgeball, various sporting events took place across base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover Airmen run toward the center line to grab balls while playing dodgeball during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, in the fitness center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Besides dodgeball, various sporting events took place across base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia)

Mike Snodgrass, 436th Airlift Wing community support coordinator, talks to Team Dover before the start of Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the gym on Dover Air Force Base, Del. He used his speech to explain why resiliency is important in today's Air Force and why Airmen should have adequate support networks, which lower the impact of adversity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

Mike Snodgrass, 436th Airlift Wing community support coordinator, talks to Team Dover before the start of Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the gym on Dover Air Force Base, Del. He used his speech to explain why resiliency is important in today's Air Force and why Airmen should have adequate support networks, which lower the impact of adversity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

Staff Sgt. Caleb Dubourg, 436th Maintenance Squadron, throws a horseshoe during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Team Dover held a variety of team building events and sports to build morale and highlight all of the aspects of Airmen comprehensive fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

Staff Sgt. Caleb Dubourg, 436th Maintenance Squadron, throws a horseshoe during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Team Dover held a variety of team building events and sports to build morale and highlight all of the aspects of Airmen comprehensive fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

A participant in the Firefighter's Challenge drags a fire hose out to full length during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ten, four person teams participated in the fast-paced event while wearing protective equipment.

A participant in the Firefighter's Challenge drags a fire hose out to full length during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ten, four person teams participated in the fast-paced event while wearing protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Members of Team Dover play cornhole during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Eagles Nest Park hosted cornhole, horseshoes, volleyball and tug-o-war as team building events and a Wing for Wingman Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

Members of Team Dover play cornhole during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Eagles Nest Park hosted cornhole, horseshoes, volleyball and tug-o-war as team building events and a Wing for Wingman Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

An Airman with the 436th Maintenance Squadron takes the flags off his opponent a 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman, while playing flag football during Dover Air Force Base Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at Dover AFB, Del. MXS beat AMXS 12-7 advancing them to the next level. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

An Airman with the 436th Maintenance Squadron takes the flags off his opponent a 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman, while playing flag football during Dover Air Force Base Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at Dover AFB, Del. MXS beat AMXS 12-7 advancing them to the next level. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

Senior Airman Thomas Witt, 436 Force Support Squadron, throws a cornhole bag during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. There were 64 two-person teams that participated in the cornhole event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

Senior Airman Thomas Witt, 436 Force Support Squadron, throws a cornhole bag during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. There were 64 two-person teams that participated in the cornhole event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

Master Sgt. Benjamin Fay, foreground, 9th Airlift Squadron, and Technical Sgt. Crystal Mallory, 436th Medical Group, peer in to smoke billowing from a grill while cooking hamburgers during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Two grills were used to cook enough food to feed attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Master Sgt. Benjamin Fay, foreground, 9th Airlift Squadron, and Technical Sgt. Crystal Mallory, 436th Medical Group, peer in to smoke billowing from a grill while cooking hamburgers during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Two grills were used to cook enough food to feed attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Master Sgt. Heather Michaud, 436th Civil Engineering Squadron/Fire Dept., swings a sledge-hammer to move a large metal block along a channel during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Michaud wears full fire-protection gear, as did other members of her team, for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Master Sgt. Heather Michaud, 436th Civil Engineering Squadron/Fire Dept., swings a sledge-hammer to move a large metal block along a channel during the 2014 Wingman Day at Eagles Nest Park on May 22, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Michaud wears full fire-protection gear, as did other members of her team, for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Samuel Griffith, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron structures lead technician, fills information into a bracket for teams that participating in cornhole during Dover Air Force Base Wingman Day May 22, 2014, on Dover AFB, Del. The tournament started with 64 teams of two with single round elimination ended with 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron winning it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)
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Staff Sgt. Samuel Griffith, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron structures lead technician, fills information into a bracket for teams that participating in cornhole during Dover Air Force Base Wingman Day May 22, 2014, on Dover AFB, Del. The tournament started with 64 teams of two with single round elimination ended with 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron winning it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

Team Dover Airmen bowl during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagle Lanes Bowling Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Participants were not charged for the games, but had to pay a shoe rental fee if they elected to rent shoes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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Team Dover Airmen bowl during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagle Lanes Bowling Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Participants were not charged for the games, but had to pay a shoe rental fee if they elected to rent shoes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

A Team Dover Airman picks his ball of choice to use during a bowling competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagle Lanes Bowling Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Teams were limited to 4 people and the total cumulative score for the team got recorded as the team score. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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A Team Dover Airman picks his ball of choice to use during a bowling competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagle Lanes Bowling Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Teams were limited to 4 people and the total cumulative score for the team got recorded as the team score. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

Airmen from Team Dover compete in the volleyball competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Rally point scoring was used to expedite the games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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Airmen from Team Dover compete in the volleyball competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Rally point scoring was used to expedite the games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

Airmen from Team Dover show good sportsmanship after they compete in the volleyball competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Games were played to 15 and rally point scoring was used to expedite the games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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Airmen from Team Dover show good sportsmanship after they compete in the volleyball competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Games were played to 15 and rally point scoring was used to expedite the games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

Airman from the 436th Comptroller Squadron and the 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron compete in the tug-o-war competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del.Tug-o-war was limited to ten people per team and it was a single elimination tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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Airman from the 436th Comptroller Squadron and the 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron compete in the tug-o-war competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del.Tug-o-war was limited to ten people per team and it was a single elimination tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

Airman from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron take a winners photograph with their commander, Lt. Col. Heather Cook, after competing in the tug-o-war competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 436th APS team beat the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron in the final match.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)
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Airman from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron take a winners photograph with their commander, Lt. Col. Heather Cook, after competing in the tug-o-war competition during Wingman Day May 22, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Park on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 436th APS team beat the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron in the final match.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Here at your friendly public affairs office we did more than just cover the Wingman Day events, we also participated in them.
 
The following are our thoughts and observations from a great day of sports and team building.

Airman 1st Class William Johnson

For the 2014 Wingman Day, I had the role of refereeing the dodgeball tournament. It was a unique experience because I got to see individuals come together and function as a team, in other words I saw what being a wingman really means.

Being a referee has the advantage of seeing the "whole" game from both sides and I got to see how teams and the crowd were able to influence the game. I recall one game where there was a single Airman pitted against four Airmen from the opposing team. When many would probably give up and take an easy out, this Airman decided not to go down without a fight, and he had the full support of his team and the crowd. One by one he picked off the remaining Airmen until it was an even one-on-one. Then with one swift throw he got the final out and won the game for his team. The crowd exploded and his team rushed the court to celebrate. Many stood on the sidelines stunned by what they just witnessed, but I believe it was wingmanship at its finest. This single Airman, with all the odds against him, stayed resilient and had the full support of his team to overcome the odds and complete his mission.

Airman 1st Class Zachery Cacicia

Being new to the Air Force and Dover Air Force Base, this was my first time participating in a Wingman Day. So I really had no idea on what to expect. The events and the course of the day did not disappoint. From the hundreds of Airmen running in the 5K fun run/walk that kicked off the day, to the teams that participated in dodgeball, basketball, softball, and cornhole.

With all of the great events, food and camaraderie, Team Dover truly displayed that it does not lack in wingmanship in the least. Working in Public Affairs, I was able to see almost everything that was going on; plus I participated in both the 5K and the cornhole competition. I still cannot believe how badly Airman 1st Class William Johnson, 436th AW/PA photojournalist, and I were destroyed in the first round of the cornhole competition. The day was a great success and really opened my eyes to how much wingmanship means to the Air Force.

Tech. Sgt. Charles Walker

Horseshoes was pretty cool. I didn't like the fact that they gave us one real horseshoe and one plastic horseshoe that weighed 2 ounces. You could never get into a rhythm. My teammate Tech. Sgt. Dale Gosney led for our whole entire match until there was a minute left and one of the guys on the team we were playing got a ringer and one close for a 4-point play. It stunk to lose that way, but oh well. We got to eat earlier, I guess, so it wasn't all bad.

Senior Airman Jared Duhon

It was quite a bit of fun to tug on the rope. We won the first round against the 436th Logistics readiness Squadron but sadly I don't think we were as prepared for the next one. The Super Port had more power behind their pulls, and cleats. I think cleats would have given us a better chance.

I was so impressed I watched their next match. I don't know who they were against but that team didn't stand a chance. The Port Dawgs have the most support I have ever seen from a squadron. The day was about resiliency and support structures. The strongest bonds are forged in battle, and it shows in peace.