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Team 5-0 introduces new Veterans Day Parade float

The 50th Space Wing’s Veterans Day float was stored in the 50th Civil Engineering workshop until its reveal at the Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)

The 50th Space Wing’s Veterans Day float was stored in the 50th Civil Engineering workshop until its reveal at the Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)

The 50th Space Wing’s Veterans Day float was stored in the 50th Civil Engineering workshop until its reveal at the Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)

The 50th Space Wing’s Veterans Day float was stored in the 50th Civil Engineering workshop until its reveal at the Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)

Team 5-0 members represented Schriever Air Force Base in the annual Veteran's Day parade Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city hosts the parade to honor community veterans. (Courtesy Photo/Philip Krastman)

Team 5-0 members represented Schriever Air Force Base in the annual Veteran's Day parade Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city hosts the parade to honor community veterans. (Courtesy Photo/Philip Krastman)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing's Veterans Day float was stored in the 50th Civil Engineering workshop until its reveal at the Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Thousands gathered to observe and honor the commitment and patriotism of the United States military at the 16th annual Veterans Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Team Schriever marched in the parade alongside its three-dimensional float made from recycled materials.

Philip Krastman and Tech. Sgt. Austin Harris, both from 50th Civil Engineering Squadron, led the project. 50 CES personnel, including Todd Battaglia, Airman 1st Class Randell Grassie and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Ramirez, worked on the float for two and a half weeks and volunteered more than 40 off-duty hours to complete the project.

The 7-feet-tall, 5-feet-wide float is made of scrap metal and wood collected from various locations.  Krastman, along with others, donated materials and money to off-set the float's supply costs.

Krastman and Harris ensured the float's design related to this year's parade theme, "Honoring the Military Family-It Takes a Team".

"It did take a team to build it...Mr. Battaglia received an idea and he went with it, he made it his own, but he had help along the way. He had several Airmen in the shop helping him out. We had our artist in the squadron painting it, Tech. Sgt. Ramirez, and just different ideas along the way by people just walking by and seeing it," said Harris.

The float followed the parade route starting at Saint Vrain Street, proceeding south on Tejon Street and ending on Vermijo Avenue.

By using the 50 SW's mascot, the opinicus, Krastman hopes the float's participation will reinforce Schriever AFB's presence in Colorado.

"I think it embodies space wing's mission and the base's focus to participate in the defense of our nation," said Krastman.

After the parade, the float will be stored and secured for use at future Veterans Day parades.
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