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Fair connects members with FSS agencies

Kory Kuykendall (center), Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel manager, gives information to a group of Airmen during the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Approximately 500 Team Schriever members gleaned information about 50 FSS activities during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Kory Kuykendall (center), Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel manager, gives information to a group of Airmen during the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Approximately 500 Team Schriever members gleaned information about 50 FSS activities during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Regina Lee (left), Schriever School Age Program assistant and Americorps Science, Technology, Engineering and Math coordinator, shows galaxy slime to base personnel during the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The SAP was one of 12 50 FSS activities attendees could learn more about during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Regina Lee (left), Schriever School Age Program assistant and Americorps Science, Technology, Engineering and Math coordinator, shows galaxy slime to base personnel during the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The SAP was one of 12 50 FSS activities attendees could learn more about during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The fitness center gym was abuzz with activity, but it wasn't intramural volleyball or basketball creating excitement.

Approximately 500 Schriever personnel attended the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair here Oct. 21, a good turnout given the mild temperatures and rain throughout the day.

"[Attendance] was lower than last year, we think because of the weather," said Thea Wasche, 50 FSS deputy commander.

Attendees were able to visit booths for information from 12 FSS activities, four base agencies and 18 sponsors.

"I've only been here three weeks," said 2nd Lt. Joshua Butterworth, 4th Space Operations Squadron. "It's been very helpful [and] has given me a lot of ideas to take my wife out on dates and stuff like that."

The 21st Medical Dental Squadron was able to take advantage of all the foot traffic generated by the fair by giving people their flu shots and information about the MiCare system.

"It's great, we get to [put] a lot of information out there, especially MiCare," said Staff Sgt. Denny Williams, 21 MDS non-commissioned officer in charge of patient administration. 

Williams said they were able to give flu shots to approximately 100 people during the event.

"The flu line, we're everywhere with that right now," Williams said.  "We're trying to get as many people as possible vaccinated."

In addition to getting vaccinated, attendees also had the opportunity to conduct a little science experiment, thanks to the School Age Program.  By mixing glue, liquid starch, food coloring and glitter, attendees were able to create their own little ball of galaxy slime.

Butterworth said events like the expo fair are a good way for people to get more in-depth information from groups they may only hear a little about during introductory briefings.

"I think this is more relaxed, kind of go at our own pace," he said. "[We can] get as in-depth as we want."

For more information, contact 50 FSS at 567-3721.
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