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Customer Appreciation Day boosts Airmen morale

Customer Appreciation Day

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Brown, response force leader with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, hides behind a barricade during the Robin Hood Archery Tag Tournament at the Customer Appreciation Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 21, 2018. Four teams competed in the tournament, with the 50th Operations Support Squadron taking the win. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Customer Appreciation Day

Airman 1st Class Matthew Merchant, space systems operator with the 50th Operations Support Squadron, prepares to drive a golf ball during a longest drive competition at the Customer Appreciation Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 21, 2018. The event gave Airmen the opportunity to participate in unique events while building morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Customer Appreciation Day

A member of the Superhero Stunt Team performs a backflip for Schriever Airmen during the Customer Appreciation Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 21, 2018. The stunt team performed for Airmen twice, pumping up the crowd and enhancing camaraderie between squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Force Support Squadron held a Customer Appreciation Day to encourage camaraderie and morale between Schriever Airmen, Sept. 24.

The day consisted of Robin Hood Archery Tag and corn hole tournament, a stunt show performed by the Superhero Stunt Team, a longest drive competition, and featured the band “Voodoo Hawks.”

Staff Sgt. Zachary Miller, combat arms noncommissioned officer in charge with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, thought the day was a success.

“A lot of time and work went into it to ensure everyone could have a good time,” he said. “I feel that it is important to have some fun days to kick back and relax, and let some of the work stressors out.”

Staff Sgt. Clifton Cole, trainer with the 50th SFS, thought the event benefitted Airmen and brought them closer together through events not normally hosted at Schriever AFB.

“The day helped build morale and decompresses people from their day-to-day grind,” he said.

Both Miller and Cole agreed the archery tournament was the highlight of the day.

Similar to dodgeball and paintball, players are divided into two teams of five to six players, with each team trying to be the first to eliminate opponents.

“It’s fun to play competitive team sports and see everyone's motivation,” Miller said.

Cole concurred, adding events like these bring out the competitive side of Airmen, boosting morale and camaraderie.

“I'm a competitive person, so I enjoy events like that,” he said.  

Seth Cannello, fitness center director with the 50th FSS, also said the archery tag event went well, with the 50th Operations Support Squadron placing first.

“We only had four teams register, but more than 100 showed up and played after the official tournament, to include myself,” he said. “It was a blast and I'm looking forward to hosting competitions like this in the future.”

Cannello added archery tag was like dodgeball but with soft arrows.

“It didn't hurt as much as paintball when you got hit,” he laughed. “It was a great workout, the event was a lot of fun, and I'd love to see more people take advantage of this opportunity the next time it comes around.”

Cannello said the longest drive competition was also a huge success, with more nearly 50 Airmen participating and cheering on competitors.  

“Staff Sgt. Daniel Wood from the 379th Space Range Squadron hit a ball 313 yards, narrowly defeating Lt. Ryan Ververs from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron who drove a ball 308 yards,” he added.

The Superhero Stunt Team performed twice throughout the day, showing off BMX tricks for Airmen, encouraging them to get loud.

“I thought they did a really great job pumping up the crowd and performed some amazing tricks,” Cannello said.  

One of the 50th Space Wing priorities, “Take care of our Airmen and families always,” rang true during the event. The 50th FSS ensured Airmen were able to engage in fun, unique activities with their peers.

“I hope that in the future, more people take advantage of these unique opportunities,” Cannello said.

For more information about upcoming 50th FSS events, call 567-4740.

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