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Schriever AFB hosts Summer Slam base picnic

Corbin, 7, pets a sheep during the during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. During the annual event, children of all ages enjoyed the pet zoo, horse rides, bungee jumping, face painting among a variety of entertainment, refreshments and music courtesy of the 50th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Corbin, 7, pets a sheep during the during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. During the annual event, children of all ages enjoyed the pet zoo, horse rides, bungee jumping, face painting among a variety of entertainment, refreshments and music courtesy of the 50th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Kendra, 7, left, and Serenity, 10, ride ponies during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam is held every year during summer to give Schriever Airmen an opportunity to meet, enjoy some time away from their duties while enjoying games and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Kendra, 7, left, and Serenity, 10, ride ponies during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam is held every year during summer to give Schriever Airmen an opportunity to meet, enjoy some time away from their duties while enjoying games and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, laments missing a shot at the dunk tank during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam is a morale boosting event held annually to give Schriever Airmen an opportunity to relax and connect in a less formal setting. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, laments missing a shot at the dunk tank during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam is a morale boosting event held annually to give Schriever Airmen an opportunity to relax and connect in a less formal setting. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, shoots a water gun while sitting in a dunk tank during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. During the event, Airmen and their families were able to enjoy a variety of activities, free food, drinks and performances by the United States Air Force Academy band Wild Blue Country, courtesy of the 50th Force Support Squadron. Airmen lined up for a chance to throw a ball at the bullseye and see Smith get dunked. Smith was dunked 38 times in 20 minutes, breaking previous Summer Slam base picnic records. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, shoots a water gun while sitting in a dunk tank during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. During the event, Airmen and their families were able to enjoy a variety of activities, free food, drinks and performances by the United States Air Force Academy band Wild Blue Country, courtesy of the 50th Force Support Squadron. Airmen lined up for a chance to throw a ball at the bullseye and see Smith get dunked. Smith was dunked 38 times in 20 minutes, breaking previous Summer Slam base picnic records. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Airmen participate of the Schriever Air Force Base Colorado Fire Departments Muster event during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 19, 2019. Airmen and their families enjoyed an afternoon filled with a variety of activities for all ages, free food and refreshments as part of the morale building event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Airmen participate in the Schriever Air Force Base Colorado Fire Department Muster event during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 19, 2019. Airmen and their families enjoyed an afternoon filled with a variety of activities for all ages, free food and refreshments as part of the morale building event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Emma, 8, gets her face painted at the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the annual event with the help of more than 130 volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Emma, 8, gets her face painted at the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the annual event with the help of more than 130 volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, gives opening remarks for the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam consisted of events ranging from face painting to BMX shows. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, gives opening remarks for the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The Summer Slam consisted of events ranging from face painting to BMX shows. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, left, dunks Col. Jack Fischer, 50th SW vice commander, right, during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. Fischer, among other leaders, sat in the dunk tank where Airmen could dunk wing leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, left, dunks Col. Jack Fischer, 50th SW vice commander, right, during the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. Fischer, among other leaders, sat in the dunk tank where Airmen could dunk wing leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

U.S. Air Force Academy band, Wild Blue Country, performs at the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. More than 2,000 people attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

U.S. Air Force Academy band, Wild Blue Country, performs at the annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. More than 2,000 people attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

Dan Setmeyer, Superhero Stunt Team BMX stunt rider, performs a trick at the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The BMX show had four experienced riders who performed tricks in front of the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)
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Dan Setmeyer, Superhero Stunt Team BMX stunt rider, performs a trick at the Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2019. The BMX show had four experienced riders who performed tricks in front of the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, slammed into summer when the 50th Force Support Squadron hosted its annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever AFB, July 22.

Eric McCullough, 50th FSS community cohesion coordinator, said the picnic grew by over 50 percent in events and vendors from last year.

“Hosting events like this is worth the time and effort,” he said. “It gives the base a chance to exhale, relax and have fun. Airmen and their families are able to put aside work for a few hours, recharge and decompress.”

McCollough said more than 2,000 people attended the event.

“The Summer Slam is our biggest event of the year and it was a huge success,” he said. “We met our goals and brought in new things (such as a BMX show and new vendors) for Team Schriever to enjoy.”

He said there were more than 130 volunteers helping with the event.
“Without the help of all of our volunteers, partners and everyone involved, this picnic would not have happened, so thank you,” McCollough said.

He said by creating a fun environment, Airmen can build stronger relationships with one another and have a chance to meet new people.

“We set the bar high this year; however, this doesn’t mean we can slack next year,” McCollough said. “Now we’ve got to raise the bar, we have to aim higher.”

Among the attendee’s was 2nd Lt. Travis Baker, 50th Space Wing protocol aide, who said the picnic was a good way to relax.

“Events like these are a good way to create a stronger identity for our base and Airmen,” he said. “We’re a caring family that takes care of our own, and this event showcased that.”

Baker said the picnic was a good morale booster because it brought the base together in a low stress environment, and by being a morale booster, events like the Summer Slam can build resiliency by bringing Airmen together.

“My coworkers and I have had a lot of fun at this event and I look forward to participating in any future events here,” he said. “This event was a great way to bring our personal family into our Air Force family together.”

Airman Daniel Breimann, 50th Operation Support Squadron student, said the picnic made him feel more welcomed.

“Schriever Air Force Base’s Summer Slam was a fun and professional environment to kick back, relax and strengthen bonds with fellow Airmen and friends while forming new relationships with others,” he said. “The picnic made me feel like I was incorporated into the Schriever AFB family despite my short time here.”

Breimann said the event was a lot of fun because of the different activities and events.

“The Summer Slam was awesome,” he said. “It really just helped me relax, it was definitely a good time and I look forward to attending it again next year.”

 

 

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