Wingman Day a huge success

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Recently, members of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center community at Maxwell-Gunter Annex gathered for the annual fall Wingman Day.


Physical resilience was the focus of the day as individuals competed in sporting events, socialized over food, and participated in guided discussions and training. These events were chosen to allow members to practice physical resiliency throughout the day with exercise, thought-provoking discussions, meal choices, and interactions.


Staff Sgt. Santos Rodriguez led the Sports Morning portion of the day, which consisted of various sporting events to include combat-fitness, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, bean bag toss, basketball, Zumba, racquetball, spin class and a Walk-A-Thon. Ultimate Frisbee and the Walk-A-Thon took top honors as the most popular Sports Morning events. The next event was a physical resilience seminar in which the speakers talked about resiliency and work-life balance. 


The lunch hour was a highlight of the afternoon, featuring a chili cook-off with 13 competitors vying for top honors in one of four prestigious categories: Leadership’s Choice, Most Unique, Hottest, and People’s Choice.  2nd Lt. Frank Criasia wowed judges with his Alligator Chili in the Leadership’s Choice category; Capt. Alex Churnside added some special South American flavors to win most unique; Senior Airman Sean Zingraf melted everyone’s faces to take hottest chili honors, and Senior Master Sgt. John Mayo touted an Alabama crock-pot to win the People’s Choice with his “Dynasty” Chili. Roughly 100 people participated in the cook-off.


The final event of the day consisted of Ted Talks presentations with open discussions.


Overall, the Wingman Day allowed members to take a break from the mission and invest in themselves and other team members.