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SAI in full swing

First Lt. Fanita Schmidt, 4th Space Operations Squadron mission planning section chief, poses for a skydiving selfie during a Single Airmen Initiative trip Aug. 2, 2015, in Canon City, Colorado. The SAI is a program designed to offer single Airmen an opportunity to participate in free recreational trips and activities. (Courtesy Photo)

First Lt. Fanita Schmidt, 4th Space Operations Squadron mission planning section chief, poses for a skydiving selfie during a Single Airmen Initiative trip Aug. 2, 2015, in Canon City, Colorado. The SAI is a program designed to offer single Airmen an opportunity to participate in free recreational trips and activities. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- For those who are single and are looking for adventure, Schriever offers the Single Airmen Initiative.

According to the Air Force Personnel Center, as of Dec. 31, 2015, approximately 42 percent of the active duty Air Force is comprised of unmarried Airmen. The SAI, an Air Force-wide program, provides single and unaccompanied Airmen with opportunities to take part in recreational trips and activities.

"In a nutshell, the SAI program is designed to get single Airmen outdoors doing recreation-type events," said Seth Cannello, Fitness and Sports manager.

However, football games and rock concerts won't be on the agenda. SAI activities are to be events that participants can actually interact with. Skiing, snowmobiling, golfing and similar events of that nature are more appropriate.

"Our mission is to improve the quality [of life] for Airmen on base, get them out of the dorms and have them do things that they may not be able to afford on their own or may not want to try on their own," said Cannello. "We provide the transportation and get them out doing things they may not ever have the opportunity to do."

The SAI program has approximately 20 events planned for 2016. With a new year, comes a new way of operating.

"One of the things I'm trying to [implement] this year is I'm trying to have Airmen step up and actually run the entire program," said Cannello. "For instance, a lieutenant is driving the participants up [to Denver]. We've had the program for the last three years [and] there have been people who are familiar with these trips so I'm looking for go-to people for these events."

Cannello shared an experience when he briefed the First Term Airmen's Class on the SAI. Upon giving them a description of the program as well as his contact information, he invited them to reach out to him with any ideas. No one came forward with any suggestions.

"So I'm always looking for program ideas, if there's anything you want to do that's outdoor related or think sounds fun, let me know," said Cannello. "The other thing that I try to do is not do the same programs over and over. I only try to repeat the same programs that are really successful, and then change the programs that weren't as popular so that I can try to capture everybody's interest."

Interest has obviously been captured, since registrations for both of the first 2016 events are already full. There is no more room for the snowmobile tour Feb. 12 in Monarch as well as iFly indoor skydiving March 4 in Denver. The events filled up in five minutes according to Cannello.
A finalized schedule of events will be released in the future.

Cannello is looking forward to seeing more faces in this year's activities.

"I think it's a really great opportunity for single Airmen and I'd like to see a greater percentage of single Airmen actually participate," said Cannello.

For more information on the Single Airmen Initiative, contact Cannello at 567-6628.
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