SOUTHWEST ASIA -- What comes to your mind when you hear someone say, “I’m a chaplain," or "I’m a chaplain assistant”? The meaning will be different depending on the person.
In today’s Air Force, chaplains and chaplain assistants form a religious support team to tackle everyday challenges that we all face in our day-to-day lives. One of the main roles and responsibilities of an RST is to conduct unit visitation with those they are assigned, both at home station and in the deployed environment. Each team is unique in the sense that when paired up, they must develop an action plan to show how they will meet the requirements set upon them by the Air Force. The RST assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is going the extra mile in meeting those requirements.
Chaplain (Capt.) Xiomara Diaz and Tech. Sgt. Nikki Webb are going above and beyond their unit visitation by making it their mission; to not only serve Airmen, (Wingman Wednesday) but to provide frozen treats to those members working out in the heat day-to-day. It’s called “Freezy Friday” and it’s fabulous. Setting out on this weekly venture is no easy task. This duo has to plan, prepare and carve out time in their already very busy schedule to accomplish their goal. Each week, this dynamic duo, load up in the “Holy Roller” ranger, with music speaker in tow to deliver on average, 130 frozen ice pops to security forces, maintenance, ammo and operations group members. The total delivery takes a little over two hours to complete. The outreach is exhausting and yet invigorating to this dedicated team. One member deemed it “the highlight of our week.” When they see and hear the Holy Roller drive up, they know they are in for a refreshing break. Armed with a smile, handshake and ice pops, this energetic team boosts morale and leaves a huge impact to those on the receiving end. Due to the RST’s selfless act of kindness each week, Airmen will forever remember the phrase “Freezy Friday.”