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SAPR awareness: foam bullets shoot on target

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Foam bullets fly at the close of the Foam Bullet Battle at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 27, 2018. The 50th Operations Support Squadron proved victorious in the elimination round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Teams hide behind various barriers as they strategize for victory during the Foam Bullet Battle at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 27, 2018. Airmen from four squadrons battled in three rounds, with the 50th Operations Support Squadron proving victorious in the elimination round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Members of the 50th Operations Squadron guard their flag behind a wall of coolers at the Foam Bullet Battle at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 27, 2018. The Sexual Assault Prevention Response program office hosted events like these to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Senior Airman Brandon Slaymon, GPS course manager with the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, runs the opposing team's flag across the line at the Foam Bullet Battle at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 27, 2018. The battle consisted of three rounds: elimination, capture the flag and protect the president. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Staff Sgt. Jared Long, applications software systems developer with the 50th Operations Support Squadron, takes cover behind a cardboard box tower at the Foam Bullet Battle at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 27, 2018. The battle was the last event the Sexual Assault Prevention Response program office hosted to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention and Month of the Military Child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Sexual Assault Prevention Response program office hosted a Foam Bullet Battle April 27 to wrap up Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Col. Jacob Middleton, vice commander of the 50th Space Wing, kicked off the battle, reminding Airmen why events like this take place.

“The important part to remember is Airmen are our most important weapon system,” he said. “That includes families, contractors and civilians. Have fun and spread the word, it all comes down to resiliency and making the right choices. Remember why we’re here.”

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, command chief of the 50th SW, also stressed the importance of SAAPM.

“I appreciate the participation in this awareness event, it’s an important topic,” he said. “We shouldn’t have to have times dedicated to remind us about sexual assault prevention, but that’s the world we live in. Let’s remember why we’re here. Have fun, and may the best team win.”

The 2nd Space Operations Squadron, 50th Security Forces Squadron, 4th Space Operations Squadron and the 50th Operations Support Squadron battled in three rounds: team elimination, capture the flag and protect the president.

At the end of the competition, 2nd SOPS proved victorious in the elimination round.

Cecilia Smith, acting sexual assault response coordinator with the SAPR program office, thought the bullet battle was a great event, especially because it was the first one ever at Schriever AFB.
“Although there weren’t a ton of people, the people that did show up enjoyed it,” she added.

She hopes to cohost the battle again next year with the fitness center.

April was busy for the SAPR program office, and Smith said it was successful in getting out the various messages.

“I hope people know April is when we push messages, but it’s a whole year process to get those messages out,” she said. “I hope people took the time to think about Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and I hope people know the office is here for everyone.”

Smith hopes the awareness will continue throughout the year, and feels confident the word is spreading and Airmen are looking out for each other.

“With Schriever being a fairly small community, we get our word out there easily,” she said. “People protect each other here, and sexual assault prevention awareness is out there.”

Smith praised the 50th SW leadership and the community as a whole for helping her throughout the month.

“It was scary, but with leadership’s support, the right people were put in place to help me and they made sure I got the support and help I needed,” she said. “It’s been a community effort to help me to make these events successful. It’s not just me, it was the whole base that did this for us.”

For more information about the SAPR program office, call 567-7634.

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