Wing builds camaraderie through competitiveness

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen participate in a jodie run at the track near the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Oct. 3, 2013.  The run kicked off the Sports Day, which brought together Airmen from across the wing.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen participate in a jodie run at the track near the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center Oct. 3, 2013. The run kicked off the Sports Day, which brought together Airmen from across the wing.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Donnel Carney, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron quarterback, runs down the field during a football game for Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Carney contributed two touch downs to his team, resulting in a victory of 19-6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Donnel Carney, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron quarterback, runs down the field during a football game for Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Carney contributed two touch downs to his team, resulting in a victory of 19-6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Robert Tenny, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron kickball pitcher, rolls a ball during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Throughout the day, members of the Spangdahlem community participated in six different sporting events. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Robert Tenny, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron kickball pitcher, rolls a ball during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Throughout the day, members of the Spangdahlem community participated in six different sporting events. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen prepare to run in a chemical protective gear relay during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. During the relay, Airmen needed to correctly don their protective gear before running 100 meters and tagging their teammate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen prepare to run in a chemical protective gear relay during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. During the relay, Airmen needed to correctly don their protective gear before running 100 meters and tagging their teammate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Wing leadership participate in a leadership tug of war during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Squadron commanders battled against enlisted leadership as part of the final events of the Sports Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Wing leadership participate in a leadership tug of war during Spangdahlem’s Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Squadron commanders battled against enlisted leadership as part of the final events of the Sports Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Base members help kick off Wing Sports Day with a jodie run Oct. 3, 2013.  Airmen participated in a variety of activities, such as track and field, flag football, wallyball, kickball, bowling, and basketball. These events were followed by the wing leadership obstacle course competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Base members help kick off Wing Sports Day with a jodie run Oct. 3, 2013. Airmen participated in a variety of activities, such as track and field, flag football, wallyball, kickball, bowling, and basketball. These events were followed by the wing leadership obstacle course competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lawrence Westmoreland, 52nd Fighter Wing financial services technician, sprints toward first base during the kickball of Wing Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. A free barbeque and multiple sporting events highlighted the day’s events.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lawrence Westmoreland, 52nd Fighter Wing financial services technician, sprints toward first base during the kickball of Wing Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. A free barbeque and multiple sporting events highlighted the day’s events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Members from the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron run to catch a kickball during Wing Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Airmen came together for multiple sporting events to increase teamwork and camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Members from the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron run to catch a kickball during Wing Sports Day Oct. 3, 2013. Airmen came together for multiple sporting events to increase teamwork and camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jaun Rivero, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron assistant section chief, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Antwan Short, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron security manager, vie for the opening tip during a basketball game while participating in Wing Sports Day, Oct. 3, 2013. The 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron won first place in the basketball competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jaun Rivero, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron assistant section chief, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Antwan Short, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron security manager, vie for the opening tip during a basketball game while participating in Wing Sports Day, Oct. 3, 2013. The 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron won first place in the basketball competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the Spangdahlem community came together to cheer on their unit's teams as they fought for the title of Sports Day Champions Oct. 3, 2013.

"We've all seen how much of an emphasis physical fitness has been in the Air Force and military in general," said Master Sgt. Steven White, 52nd Security Forces Squadron superintendent of standardizations and evaluations and Sports Day chair. "Sports day is just a way to promote fitness along with squadron unity and wing unity, and getting together to have a good time, and burn some calories while doing it."

Activities involved with Sports Day are meant to raise camaraderie and esprit de corps throughout the 52nd Fighter Wing.

"Sports day is a great opportunity for all of the squadrons to get together and compete," said Corey Shires, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron military pay technician and Sports Day participant. "Tensions will get high but that is still just a great way for everybody to meet different squadrons. There aren't too many times that we get to integrate like this, and this is a great chance that we need to take advantage of."

The day consisted of a jodie run in the morning, six sporting events, a lunch sponsored by the Company Grade Officer Council and Tier Two, base professional organizations, and a leadership obstacle course to finish.

More than 40 volunteers came together to ensure the day was a success.

The 52nd FW commander, Col. David Julazadeh, presented the winners of each event with a traveling trophy, but for some Airmen, the day was about more than just a trophy.

"(Sports Day is about) the competitiveness and how it brings everyone else closer as a team," Shires said. "Because usually when you work in different sections you don't know each other, but when you get out there and you are playing as a team, it brings you all closer."