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Wing takes time out to harness resiliency

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, speaks to an audience during Wingman Day Nov. 20, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The theme is Wingman Make The Difference and focused on Resiliency, which is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of challenge. Wingman Day touches on all four Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains of wellness, which are:  physical, mental, social and spiritual in efforts to create positive behaviors in the force and help Airmen, civilians and their family members build resiliency skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, speaks to an audience during Wingman Day Nov. 20, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The theme is Wingman Make The Difference and focused on Resiliency, which is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of challenge. Wingman Day touches on all four Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains of wellness, which are: physical, mental, social and spiritual in efforts to create positive behaviors in the force and help Airmen, civilians and their family members build resiliency skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Airmen participate in a Wingman Day Run Nov. 20, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The theme is Wingman Make The Difference and focused on Resiliency, which is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of challenge. Wingman Day touches on all four Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains of wellness, which are:  physical, mental, social and spiritual in efforts to create positive behaviors in the force and help Airmen, civilians and their family members build resiliency skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Airmen participate in a Wingman Day Run Nov. 20, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The theme is Wingman Make The Difference and focused on Resiliency, which is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of challenge. Wingman Day touches on all four Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains of wellness, which are: physical, mental, social and spiritual in efforts to create positive behaviors in the force and help Airmen, civilians and their family members build resiliency skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A new year is just around the corner. 

Before the 45th Space Wing counts down, the team needs to complete the UEI, perform range maintenance and prepare for the holidays. 

To do that the wing took time out to focus on the importance of resiliency during their biannual Wingman Day Nov. 20 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

"Focused days like this give us the necessary pause from our normal duties to emphasize the importance of the Wingman concept and our culture of Airmen taking care of our fellow Airmen 24/7, 365 days a year," said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th SW Commander. "We heard two very unique stories of resilience in overcoming life's challenges that should inspire each of us to look after one another. The more we know and understand our fellow Airmen, the more we relate that we are more alike than different.  I encourage each Airman to share their story in a positive effort to reach out to others, provide assistance and respect to our fellow Airmen.  We will be more successful both professionally and personally by doing this and we will lead a more successful and effective Air Force."

This year's Wingman Day included a Warrior Run, resiliency discussions and team building activities.  The highlights of the day were the personal resiliency stories shared by Lt. Sean Mochocki and Maj. (ret) Laura Perry during the 45th SW All Call.

Mochocki shared how his family faced the challenges associated with raising his son Henry who was born with a brain injury.  He said they were able to face an unknown future through perseverance and moving forward one day at a time.  Perry shared the story of her gender transition and how resiliency enabled her to overcome the practical and social struggles along the way.

"Wingman Day is an opportunity to rejuvenate the skills necessary to tackle our responsibilities, as Wingmen, to protect and ensure the resilience and wellbeing of our Patrick AFB team," said Lorie Woodcock, 45th SW Community Support Coordinator.  "As Wingmen we should never underestimate the difference we can make in the lives of others."

Following the year's theme "Wingman Make The Difference," base events focused on resiliency, the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of challenge. They touched on all four comprehensive Airman fitness domains of wellness -- physical, mental, social and spiritual -- to create positive behaviors in the force and help Airmen, civilians and their family members build resiliency skills.

"With the added encouragement provided through the Wingman Day events, the 45th SW feels their personnel are more equipped to be resilient with their own personal challenges and take that same resilient attitude back to the office with them to lead their people with a Wingman concept," said Woodcock. They're expecting to wrap another successful year with an excellent rating and be ready for increased range operations in 2016."