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Airman's Council leaves its mark

Senior Airmen Klarissa Marroquin, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Taylor Kerkhoff, 4th Space Operations Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Cody Helgeson, 21st Medical Squadron, pose with the newly painted Spirit Rock Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The Spirit Rock is designated as a place to honor units, special observances, individuals and boost unit morale. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Airmen Klarissa Marroquin, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Taylor Kerkhoff, 4th Space Operations Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Cody Helgeson, 21st Medical Squadron, pose with the newly painted Spirit Rock Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The Spirit Rock is designated as a place to honor units, special observances, individuals and boost unit morale. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of the Schriever Air Force Base Airman's Council could be seen scurrying around the front of the fitness center Friday evening, but they weren't doing physical training.

Instead, the team set their sights on painting a large object that can now be seen by base traffic along Falcon Parkway - the Schriever Spirit Rock.

The Spirit Rock is designated as a place to honor units, special observances, individuals and boost unit morale.

"I think it helps unify everybody because it's a Team Schriever rock not just a Team 5-0 rock," said Senior Airman Klarissa Marroquin, 50th Operations Support Squadron and Airman's Council president. "There are a lot of tenant units and different organizations on the installation. It's a good way for people to show pride for their unit or let people know about a remembrance month. It's a fun way to boost morale."

The rock is not a new concept to Schriever, but it has been revamped with Friday's first-ever painting of a new larger rock in a more visible location.

"The council was tasked with getting a new spirit rock," explained Marroquin. "That took about three months to complete. Once we got it completed, we wanted to be the first ones to paint it and let people know how it's supposed to be done."

Airman 1st Class Cody Helgeson, 21st Medical Squadron, enjoyed painting the boulder.

"It feels kind of cool to put your name on the Spirit Rock," he said. "Usually tagging and spray painting like this on base is not allowed but in this instance it's a fun morale booster."

Marroquin said the rock doubles as a friendly competition as well.

"I'm looking forward to friendly competition and making sure everyone follows the rules," she said. "I've overheard different units already planning on painting the rock, and it's exciting to know people will take pride in this tradition."

The Schriever Spirit Rock is open to all Team Schriever personnel, and anyone is allowed to paint it with their leadership's approval as long as the prior painting has been displayed for at least one week.

The following are the Spirit Rock's rules of engagement:

1. The prior painting must be left displayed on the rock for at least one week.
2. All painting must be accomplished outside of normal duty hours.
3. Every display must be in good taste with non-offensive/suggestive language or images and include a "Date of Creation" on the rock.
4. The rock must stay in its permanent location (in front of the base fitness center, along Falcon Parkway).
5. Every painting should be completed with the goal of motivation and uplifting the morale of Team Schriever.
6. With the exception of inclement weather conditions and with regard to safety, all paintings may only remain on the rock for three weeks, at which time (if not replaced), the group who has the most current painting must cover it with white paint.
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