Step up to end airman isolation


One of the great Cheyenne and Warren success stories this year has been the growth of the Adopt an Airman program. As a sub committee of the Military Affairs Committee of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, the Adopt an Airman program continues to grow as a way to connect first term airmen with local people in Cheyenne. The idea is to provide local support for young airmen who are on their first assignments away from family and friends.

This has become even more important during the COVID-19 time of isolation. Think about our airmen who are necessarily subject to the current restrictions of Health Condition C on base. These airmen are limited in what they can do, and where they can go, leading to boredom and loneliness.

At least those airmen with a local connection through the Adopt an Airman program have someone outside the base to talk to and with whom they can do things away from their work. 

Think about the parents, family members, and friends of these airmen back home. Think about how concerned they must be about their family member far away from home at this frightening time.

Now think about how you might help them. Consider applying to be a local host for a brand new Warren airman. Being a Cheyenne host doesn’t mean you have to alter your life. It simply means you include your airman in your life. You don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of time or money to be a part of the program. You just need to be willing to share some of your life with a young airman.

If you like outdoor activities, you will be matched with an airman who shares an affinity for the outdoors. Like to binge watch TV shows and movies? There is an airman who would enjoy your company watching on your couch. Have a big family? There is an airman here with lots of siblings who would enjoy spending time with your tribe. Maybe its just you, a single person? There’s an airman who prefers the quieter, one on one style you can provide. Whatever your lifestyle and favorite pastime, there’s an airman that can benefit from some comradeship outside of their military circle of friends.

The Adopt an Airman program uses a questionnaire and interview process to match airmen with local hosts who share similar interests, and they are pretty good at it.  But if you jump in as a host and, for whatever reason, you and the airman don’t click, both you and the airman can be re-matched with someone else that makes a better connection. 

As a host, you can impart your local knowledge and love of Cheyenne and Wyoming to your airman, making their time here much more enjoyable. You can serve as a much needed local sounding board for your young companion as a bit of home away from home. 

 Most airmen will be here for a couple of years and then move on to their next assignment, so your host commitment isn’t necessarily forever. However, many of the relationships made through adopt an airman last a lifetime because of the positive impact you and your airman have on each other.

Want to be a Cheyenne host for a Warren AFB airman? Adopt an Airman would love to have you. Email your interest to [email protected] or call the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce at 307-638-3388.

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