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Chapel Team draws out Easter egg hunters

An Airman holds one of the three golden eggs that was among more than 700 eggs hidden in the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the 50th Space Wing Chaplains Office, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 2, 2018. The chaplains held the event to give people to get a break to enjoy themselves for increased morale and resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --An Airman holds one of the three golden eggs that was among more than 700 eggs hidden in the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the 50th Space Wing Chaplains Office, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 2, 2018. The chaplains held the event to give people to get a break to enjoy themselves for increased morale and resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Airmen participate in the 50th Space Wing Chaplains Office Easter Egg Hunt, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 2, 2018. The event allowed members to hunt for eggs filled with candy and a chance to win prizes all while enjoying a free lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --Airmen participate in the 50th Space Wing Chaplains Office Easter Egg Hunt, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 2, 2018. The event allowed members to hunt for eggs filled with candy and a chance to win prizes all while enjoying a free lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Space Wing chaplains office hosted an Easter egg hunt at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 2.

The event allowed members to hunt for eggs filled with candy and a chance to win prizes, all while enjoying a free lunch.

Capt. Portmann Werner, chaplain with the 50th Space Wing, said the event was a success.

“We have seen a large turnout every year and everyone who arrives leaves with a smile on their face,” he said.

Master Sgt. Michael Plemons, engineering flight superintendent with 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, says the chapel staff on the installation always goes above and beyond when they host an event.

“I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that makes each event special,” he said. “The chaplains are always there to support us and going to the events is how we can show that we appreciate them.”

The chaplains bought all the food, eggs and prizes, but Werner says the success of the event was not on their merit alone.

“Outdoor Recreation generously provided the grill and games,” he said. “Airmen from the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron volunteered to stuff eggs last Friday and then hid the eggs.”

 There were three golden eggs hidden amongst the other eggs that could be exchanged for larger prizes. Plemons was one of the individuals who found a golden egg, giving credit to Werner for his egg-hiding skills.

“Chaplain Werner had his egg hiding at the expert level for this event,” he said.

Although 3rd SES hid most of the eggs, Werner prides himself on his skill when it came to hiding the golden eggs among over 700 eggs.

“I had to start handing out hints after a half an hour of people searching, which meant even people who arrived late still got eggs and prizes,” he said.

Although the event was all fun and games, it also met Comprehensive Airman Fitness needs.

“This event was important for multiple reasons,” Werner said. “It is good for people to get a break and enjoy themselves for increased morale and resiliency. We never truly know what people are struggling through.”

The chapel staff ensured they serve as visible reminders of the spiritual and of hope.

“Often when people are going through difficult times, they can forget to turn towards their own spiritual fitness as a strength in trying times,” Werner said. “They can also forget that hope can be found in all situations. It is our hope that the time spent with us in turn reignites their heart."

The chapel staff hopes their presence will help individuals be more likely to use their services.

“The chaplains at Schriever are by far the best I have met and spoke with in my almost 20 years,” said Plemons. “They always take the time to make each event special.  To me, they are the best in the Air Force.”

The chapel team say they are thankful for the help of the other agencies and glad everyone who attended had a great time-there’s just one thing they want you to remember.

“We want people to remember that in the Air Force you never have to go it alone, and the Chaplains Office isn’t something to fear,” Werner said.

 

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