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Wingman Vigilance

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- By now, we have all heard throughout our careers that "All Airmen are sensors," and as Airmen we are expected to be vigilant and sound the alarm if something does not seem right or if we witness suspicious activity.

This type of vigilance has become critical in ensuring our bases remain free from attacks over the years. However, have you ever thought about being vigilant when it comes to being a Wingman? After all, to be vigilant is to be "alert, attentive, and watchful."

As Airmen, we should be vigilant with each other, especially, since the AF can't accomplish the mission without its people.

Now that the holiday season has passed, it is important not to get complacent and maintain vigilance with our fellow Airmen.

As Wingmen, it is imperative to stay attentive and not let our co-workers make bad decisions and/or conduct unsafe acts.

For example, if you notice a co-worker who appears to have had too much to drink, you should be watchful and ask if they have a designated driver or if they need a ride home. This action could prevent a DUI arrest or prevent a horrific accident from occurring which could end up saving a life or a career.

Another area of concern is safety while enjoying recreational activities, especially here in sunny Florida. If you observe one of your fellow Airmen conducting an action that appears unsafe, stop them, let them know what they are about to do is unwise and remind them to use Operational Risk Management (ORM).

Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry. A final area to remain vigilant is with each other's well being.

We should strive to get to know one another and be able to recognize when our fellow Wingmen need our help. When this occurs, have the courage to step in and be helpful by providing support and assistance.

As noted, we should all be "alert, attentive, and watchful" as Wingmen and be vigilant with one another to preserve the AF's #1 resource--its PEOPLE!