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2015 in Review: "I am SCHRIEVER" displayed strength in diversity

I am SCHRIEVER is a diversity campaign dedicated to recognizing the diversity within the base as well as highlighting the way this diversity makes us stronger and better able to ensure mission success.

I am SCHRIEVER is a diversity campaign dedicated to recognizing the diversity within the base as well as highlighting the way this diversity makes us stronger and better able to ensure mission success.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever Air Force Base is one of four military installations in Colorado Springs and hosts thousands of diverse individuals. In 2015, more than a dozen Schriever individuals told their story, and in the process of explaining who they are, helped readers understand the strength of Team Schriever.

The goal of "I am SCHRIEVER" is to recognize the diversity within Team Schriever as well as highlight the way this diversity makes the team stronger and better able to ensure mission success. Military, civilians and family members have all been highlighted to date.

To kick-off the campaign, a Schriever Airman, who is a Kenyan native was highlighted. 

Staff Sgt. Johnson Njenga, a Kenyan native, shared his journey to the Air Force and the difficulty of leaving his tight-knit family, who live more than 8,000 miles away.

Airmen like Njenga are important to the Air Force; they serve as role models, teachers, mentors and provide a diverse perspective in their mission areas.

The campaign also highlighted Schriever individuals who battled an abusive childhood, social perceptions, language barriers, growing up in small towns lacking diversity and other challenges.

For example, Staff Sgt. Victoria Jenks, 310th Operations Group inspector and a professional body builder, explained the challenges and rewards of competing in a sport that, for some time, has been predominately male.

"A lot of people don't understand it, or they don't understand the idea of why I love to do this, why I like to look muscular," Jenks said. "I always have people [who] say, 'That's gross, women shouldn't have muscles, that's for men.' The fact that they let us now do a sport that was predominantly male for so long just shows that we can train just as hard, we can follow a passion for something we love just like males do."

"I am SCHRIEVER" highlighted additional Team Schriever members who had unique passions they excelled at. These included a young accomplished inventor and a bull riding champion. The campaign also highlighted children in military families and the challenges they face transitioning with their parents through their service to the nation.

As we enter the new year, the "I am SCHRIEVER" campaign invites more Team Schriever members to share your story. If you or someone you know is interested in being featured, contact Public Affairs at 719-567-5040.
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