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Squadron teambuilding day challenges RSAF Airmen

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Marshall, 428th Fighter Squadron commander, performs a trust-fall exercise Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. The squadron participated in multiple events throughout the day stressing teamwork and unit cohesion with physical and mental activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Marshall, 428th Fighter Squadron commander, performs a trust-fall exercise Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. The squadron participated in multiple events throughout the day stressing teamwork and unit cohesion with physical and mental activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron participate in a group challenge Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. While each initiative has its own individual goal, the overarching goal is to develop a better sense of team by build relationships and develop communication strategies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron participate in a group challenge Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. While each initiative has its own individual goal, the overarching goal is to develop a better sense of team by build relationships and develop communication strategies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. Every challenge was team-based, requiring Airmen to work through a series of difficult problems and by utilizing better communication and strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo Sept. 27, 2013, at C.J. Strike Marina. Every challenge was team-based, requiring Airmen to work through a series of difficult problems and by utilizing better communication and strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Buccaneers from the 428th Fighter Squadron came together Sept. 27 for an organizational development day.

Multiple events throughout the day stressed teamwork and unit cohesion with physical and mental activities.

"This type of event is a chance to work on our team-building and cohesion throughout the squadron," said Lt. Col William Marshall, 428th Fighter Squadron commander. "It's very important we have a close-knit team between the operations and maintenance sides of our squadron. An event like today brings those sides together."

A local company was contacted to put the day's events in motion for the squadron.

"Our main objective is to assist these Republic of Singapore airmen in learning about teamwork by developing communication skills in a fun and unique way," said Melissa Wintrow, a contracted teambuilding specialist. "Every challenge is team-based, so they will have to go through a series of problems which are difficult to solve, and through better communication and strategy, they get more efficient at each initiative. The best part is participants are constantly learning and experiencing things they can take with them throughout their careers."

While each initiative has its own individual goal, Wintrow explained the overarching goal is to develop a better sense of team, build relationships and develop communication strategies by focusing on trust, communication, and problem solving.

"Being out here and working through these challenges together as a team gives us the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better, which builds our overall teamwork and helps us accomplish the mission better," said Marshall.

Team-building exercises are a fun way for Airmen to work together and accomplish goals.

"These are the kind of events are vital for us because having the opportunity to work through challenges here help us when we have issues on the flight line back home and give us the necessary tools to accomplish the mission," said Marshall. "We are building a strategic-level partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Singapore which has strategic-level effects across the globe as we continue to work and train together."

Thirteen events were set up including some which had to be adjusted due to inclement weather.

"We did have some water-based initiatives planned today but the weather didn't agree so we adjusted our plan to work best for the Buccaneers," said Wintrow. "It's a real honor for us to be out here working with the Republic of Singapore. They are a great group to work with and really bring a unique culture into our local community while being great ambassadors for their country."

Events like today really show the investment the RSAF has taken in order to increase the squadron's teamwork said Marshall, stating:

"They invest a huge amount of time, money and resources into their people and it works out well for us. Today was a huge success and our squadron is better because of it."

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