SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE Colo.- --
The 50th Force Support Squadron and Schriever Airmen celebrated the opening of the new Schriever event center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free concert June 2.
During the ceremony, Col. Anthony Mastalir, 50th Space Wing vice commander and event host, emphasized its importance.
“When I first got here at Schriever there really wasn't much here; there was a double fence, barbed wire at the top, a few buildings in the restricted area and not much else,” said Mastalir. "We've grown slowly, and built piece by piece -- but this piece has been missing for a long time. An opportunity to kick our boots off, have a cold beverage of our choice and enjoy the company of people we work with, live with and serve with."
The center, located in Building 20, will serve as an area of support for Schriever Airmen to host events, engage in recreational activities and rent equipment, among other services.
During the event, Airman had a chance to try-out the facility's various services for free, including table tennis, pool, and helping themselves to drinks and beverages while the band "Style" played.
Airman 1st Class Aleesha Regino, 50 FSS military personnel flight, said she enjoyed trying out the facility’s perks for the first time, saying she looks forward to using it in the future and the benefits it will provide Schriever.
"I loved the band and playing pool," said Regino. "I can see it helping bring everyone together in one spot regardless of rank. It will be a great place to relax."
Jennifer Stark, 50 FSS marketing director, said she too looks forward to the role the Schriever event center will play uniting the Schriever community.
"Our community can now have a home for Airmen and their units to celebrate," Stark said. "This will be the building where we can make so many more events happen. I'm excited to see how people use it."
Reservations are filling up quick; a point made clear by Mastalir during his speech.
"The first day it was available for reservations we already had two or three people trying to book an event," he said. "I caution you now - plan in advance and book out. If you are not careful this thing could be sold out through the end of 2018."
Stark said the event center is another asset for Schriever to become less of a work place, and more of a community.
"I want to see Schriever continue to thrive, and I think this (event center) will help it do so," said Stark.
To reserve the building for an event, call the 50 FSS sustainment office at 567-5808.