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Run with the Chief brings JBSA teammates together

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider (left), 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, meets with participants for a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider (left), 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, meets with participants for a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider (left), 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, pose for a photo with participants after a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Snider, along with JBSA teammates, used exercise to connect and decompress.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider (left), 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, pose for a photo with participants after a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Snider, along with JBSA teammates, used exercise to connect and decompress.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider, left, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, meets with participants for a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Snider, along with JBSA teammates, used exercise to connect and decompress.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider, left, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, meets with participants for a three-mile run Sept. 22, 2020, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Snider, along with JBSA teammates, used exercise to connect and decompress.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas --

For U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio command chief, his chief’s run Sept. 22 was about more than exercise  it was about participants coming together to connect, decompress and reduce stress.  

“The intent for Run with the Chief was just to get out,” Snider said after he completed the run. “I realize that we are in a tough time, in this COVID environment, and one of the things we can do is exercise.” 

During the three-mile run at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Snider, along with JBSA teammates, used the time outside to visit with each other, while also social distancing.  

The chief said he did not put any pressure on participants, because the important thing was for teammates to run their own pace and to be the best they could be. 

“Run with the Chief is open to anyone who wants to run and just get better,” Snider said. “I want to encourage you to come on out, run with the chief, have some fun, get your exercise in, and I promise you, there will be no judging and it will be a good opportunity for me to meet you.”  

Snider’s plan is to hold Run with the chief events across JBSA, bringing service members of all branches together to meet and exercise.