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Year in Review: Community

Micheyla Stewart and Joseph Valezuela, Ellicott elementary students, battle for possession of the ball in a soccer game during the Schriever School Age Care Olympic Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The SAC hosted the event and invited Ellicott summer program youth to participate.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Micheyla Stewart and Joseph Valezuela, Ellicott elementary students, battle for possession of the ball in a soccer game during the Schriever School Age Care Olympic Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The SAC hosted the event and invited Ellicott summer program youth to participate. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. Stephen Slade, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 50th Space Wing commander, throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Oklahoma City Dodgers at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, May 6, 2016. The game was part of the Sky Sox Air Force Appreciation Night to honor the Airmen stationed in Colorado Springs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Col. Stephen Slade, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 50th Space Wing commander, throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Oklahoma City Dodgers at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, May 6, 2016. The game was part of the Sky Sox Air Force Appreciation Night to honor the Airmen stationed in Colorado Springs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Jasmine Ray slides under a water spout during Slide the City at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Ray was one of the hundreds of Schriever School Age Care and Ellicott School District students who participated in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Jasmine Ray slides under a water spout during Slide the City at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Ray was one of the hundreds of Schriever School Age Care and Ellicott School District students who participated in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

American Idol winner David Cook performs at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, as part of the Air Force Concert Series. More than 770 people attended the free concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

American Idol winner David Cook performs at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, as part of the Air Force Concert Series. More than 770 people attended the free concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Schriever Air Force Base works to maintain its close relationship with the local community, and 2016 was no different.

In February, Airmen from Schriever joined engineers, parents, cadets and other community members as volunteer judges at the Colorado Springs Charter Academy science fair. The event gave community members the opportunity to support and encourage the students to continue learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In March, base leadership welcomed 55 Colorado Springs community leaders at its annual State of the Base to strengthen relationships with their civic counter parts. During the State of the Base, leaders briefed 50th Space Wing missions, installation challenges and future opportunities.

In June, the base hosted the Girls of the West for a tour of base units and to highlight the annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo support to local military charities.

Just outside the gates, Schriever emphasized community partnering with the Ellicott community.

Schriever Air Force Base’s School Age Care program invited the Ellicott Summer Camp participants to the installation in June for an Olympic event, hawk demonstration and field day, to help enhance the relationship between the two programs and to expand youth activities for the housing community.

Schriever Air Force Base’s Teens/Kids Helping Kids program collected more than 2,000 pounds of food and $350 for the Ellicott Helping Hands Food Pantry. The Teens/Kids Helping Kids continued its support with a food drive in the fall.

In August, more than 370 participants slipped, slid and tubed down a 500-foot slip-and-slide as the 50th Force Support Squadron brought Slide the City back to Schriever for a second straight year. Base leadership extended the invite to Ellicott School District and families as well.

50 SW Airmen marched in an all-female formation during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs. Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, spoke during a Veterans Day assembly at Ellicott High School. 

Schriever hosted its third annual TEDx Schriever event in August inviting speakers to share stories of “Community” with Schriever members. Featured speakers covered various topics from community volunteerism and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues to outdoor adventures and libraries.

Schriever also hosted American Idol winner David Cook in September, who made history by rocking the Front Range during his free concert on-base. More than 770 people attended the event

Capitalizing on being located in “Olympic City USA,” Schriever also invited athletes from the U.S. Olympic Center to attend the concert, where they had a meet-and-greet session with attendees.

Schriever members supported game festivities including throwing out the first pitch and singing the national anthem for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who held several Military Appreciation Nights throughout the season.

Schriever personnel demonstrated their community support through blood and bone marrow drives, volunteer opportunities, creating care packages for deployed Airmen and the annual Angel Tree program supporting base and Ellicott families in need.

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