MONARCH, Colo. --
Imagine zipping along snow-covered trails, reaching speeds of over 20 mph.
Ten Schriever Airmen experienced this sensation on a snowmobile tour in Monarch, Colorado, as part of the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Single Airmen Initiative, Feb. 16.
“The Single Airmen's Initiative program opens the door for Airmen to give outdoor adventure activities a try, without having the burden of paying for them,” said Seth Cannello, sports and fitness manager and event organizer, 50th Force Support Squadron. “Most programs we offer here are free, but Airmen are responsible for paying for their food, lodging or any licensing required for the trip.”
Capt. Ronald Nguyen, mission commander, 4th Space Operations Squadron, expressed what he enjoyed about the trip.
“This was my first time participating in the snowmobile trip,” Nguyen said. “I did get stuck in the snow multiple times, but I liked getting out and exploring all the wonders of Colorado. Getting to know the people and to see everyone having fun was my favorite part.”
Rachel Wood, recreation assistant, 50th FSS, said this was her first time leading and participating in the SAI snowmobile trip.
“I was very excited for this trip and I think it was awesome,” she said. I definitely would like to lead this again.”
While the event gave the opportunity to Airmen to enjoy being out in nature, it also presented social opportunities.
“I believe Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base are extremely lucky to have a plethora of outdoor opportunities available to them so close to home,” Cannello said. “It’s important they get out and explore, especially for those who are in the dorms.”
According to Cannello, the snowmobile trip is a popular event.
“There’s not snow at every base Airmen end up at; being here in Colorado, is the perfect opportunity for activities like this,” Cannello said. “I would encourage Airmen to take advantage of as many programs as they can.”
For Wood, camaraderie was the most rewarding part.
“It was cool to see how everybody worked together and helped each other out,” she said. “Only a few Airmen participated in this trip before, so it was good to see everybody learning and improving as the day went on. I think more Airmen should give these trips a shot.”
To register, or for more information about upcoming SAI events, contact Cannello at 567-6658.
According to Cannello, there will be multiple Introduction to Flying trips in March. The Fitness Center is always looking for new suggestions. Below are tentative dates for SAI trips throughout the year.
March 30 – April 2 Spoonbill fishing trip
April 3-6 Bowfishing
April 6 - 8 Turkey hunt trip I
April 13-15 Turkey hunt trip II
April 21 Pike fishing
May 5, 6 Hot air balloon ride
May 18 Walleye fishing trip
June 1 Skydive
June 9 Segway tour
June 11 Terror Dactyl ride
July 13, 14, 15 Motorized hang glider
July 25 Bear dance golf
July 27 Paragliding
Aug. 10 Kart racing
Aug. 17 Hang glider
Sept. 7 Dove hunt
Sept. 14 Llama hike
Oct. 1 Sandhill crane hunt
Nov. 14 Pheasant hunt