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Schriever Airmen support Ellicott field day

Staff Sgt. Babak Kermanshahi, 4th Space Operations Squadron quality assurance NCO in charge, cheers on 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students during an egg balance game at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The games were part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered throughout the three days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Staff Sgt. Babak Kermanshahi, 4th Space Operations Squadron quality assurance NCO in charge, cheers on 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students during an egg balance game at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The games were part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered throughout the three days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Senior Airman Jason Romero-Rivas, 4th Space Operations Squadron, endurance satellite communications planner, instructs 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students in a ballgame during a field day at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Children and more than 30 Schriever volunteers participated in a circuit of game stations that included three-legged racing, board walking, long jumping, obstacle course and much more. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Senior Airman Jason Romero-Rivas, 4th Space Operations Squadron, endurance satellite communications planner, instructs 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students in a ballgame during a field day at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Children and more than 30 Schriever volunteers participated in a circuit of game stations that included three-legged racing, board walking, long jumping, obstacle course and much more. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Skie Seggerman, 11, performs a long jump at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Children and more than 30 Schriever volunteers participated in a circuit of game stations that included three-legged racing, board walking, long jumping, obstacle course and much more as part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Skie Seggerman, 11, performs a long jump at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Children and more than 30 Schriever volunteers participated in a circuit of game stations that included three-legged racing, board walking, long jumping, obstacle course and much more as part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Conkey, 4th Space Operations Squadron technical order trainer, builds sandcastles with 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary students at the school, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The activity was part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered at the event to reward children for their efforts during the long school year and to foster community relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Conkey, 4th Space Operations Squadron technical order trainer, builds sandcastles with 4th and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary students at the school, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The activity was part of Ellicott School District’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered at the event to reward children for their efforts during the long school year and to foster community relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Airman 1st Class Maxwell Miller, 4th Space Operations Squadron terminal operator, oversees a water challenge game while Dontae Runge, 10, tries, somewhat successfully, to fill a bucket at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered to mentor students during Ellicott School District’s annual field days May 22-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Airman 1st Class Maxwell Miller, 4th Space Operations Squadron terminal operator, oversees a water challenge game while Dontae Runge, 10, tries, somewhat successfully, to fill a bucket at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered to mentor students during Ellicott School District’s annual field days May 22-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Fourth and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students try their hands at a balance game at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The activities were part of the school district’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. The event’s goal is to reward children for their efforts during the long school year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Fourth and 5th grade Ellicott Elementary School students try their hands at a balance game at Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, Colorado, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The activities were part of the school district’s annual field days, which ran May 22-24. The event’s goal is to reward children for their efforts during the long school year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

ELLICOTT, Colo. -- More than 30 Schriever Airmen volunteered during Ellicott School District’s annual field days May 22-24.

“It’s our end of the school year celebration for our kids completing another year and rewarding them for all the testing they’re going through,” said Chris Stroph, Ellicott Elementary physical education teacher and event organizer.

Grades K-5 students participated in the event, with kindergarten and first graders playing Monday, second and third graders taking their turns Tuesday and fourth and fifth graders closing the event Wednesday. Children and volunteers participated in a circuit of numerous game stations that included three-legged racing, board walking, long jumping, obstacle course and much more.

“I got involved because it seems like a good way to give back to the community,” said Airman 1st Class Quinten Lang, 4th Space Operations Squadron terminal operator. “We want people to know we are here to be good neighbors.”

For Lang, the day was also about paying forward a good deed.

“When I first arrived in Colorado Springs, my vehicle got broken into and robbed. All these people in the squadron who I didn’t know rallied around me and helped me through a hard time. If I, as a complete stranger, can help these kids enjoy their day in the same selfless way people helped me, then I think it’s the right thing to do.”

According to Stroph, having volunteers like Lang at the event is critical to the event’s success.

“Our Schriever volunteers are the glue of our school,” Stroph said. “I think the communication and rapport of our school and Schriever is awesome. If they weren’t here helping, it definitely would not run as smoothly. Our kids look forward to the Airmen coming out. Every one of them work hard and competes with their kids.”

Eleven-year-old Cheyennne Ettleman enjoyed the end of the school year event.

“I’m having so much fun,” Ettleman said. “The most fun part was probably the bean bag [toss]. It is fun that the Air Force guys are helping. They make the games more exciting because they’re cheering for you.”

For Stroph, seeing the smiles on the children’s faces makes her job that much more worthwhile.

“Everybody is engaged and participating,” Stroph said. “It’s a fun time to reward the kids. It’s hard to just be a kid these days. There’s so much testing in school and I think having a day where they can just be kids for a little while is important.”

First Lt. Jason Moore, 1st Space Operations Squadron maintenance operations flight commander, saw the event as a key opportunity to mentor young people who might one day follow in his footsteps.

“I always love helping out the community and this is one of the best opportunities to come help out the next generation of future leaders,” Moore said. “For us, we’re less than one percent of the population, so it’s good for them get that exposure with the people who fight 24/7 to protect the freedoms they have. They get that person-to-person connection and hopefully are even more supportive of our military and understand what it means to be free.”
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