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Chaplain's office reaches out

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing Chaplain's office has been busy engaging the base using some literary devices to aid their mission.

"Medal of Honor Mondays" and "Tangerine Tuesdays" are real holidays, at least for the Chaplain's office here at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The 50 SW Chaplain's office walks around units handing out small yellow cards with the name and information of U.S. Air Force Medal of Honor recipients on Mondays. And on Tuesdays, well, they hand out tangerines.

"It's a way to engage, encourage, support and challenge Airmen," said Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson, 50th Space Wing Chaplain. "We've tried to focus our unit engagement in different ways."

According to Adamson, "Medal of Honor Mondays" are an opportunity to focus on the braveness, courage, strength and selfless actions of others, some who gave their lives.

"When we talk about service before self, this is exactly what these people did," Adamson said. "They showed what it means to sacrifice and what it means to serve. They were just normal people like you and me."

The chaplain's staff hopes these efforts inspire Schriever Airmen.

"We all want to be inspired by something in life," he added. "This is just one way to be inspired."

Staff Sgt. Jacqulyn Rider, 50 SW Chaplain's assistant said going out to the units is an opportunity to remind the base that the chapel staff is here for them and also a reminder of why we are here doing what we do.

"The Medal of Honor recipients are a part of history that paved the way for current and future Airmen" she said. "I'm proud to follow in the footsteps of such legacies."

Rider said these heroes epitomized the Air Force Core Values, something we should all strive to do.

For more information about "Medal of Honor Mondays" or "Tangerine Tuesdays" or for chaplain assistance please call 567-3705.

UPDATE: Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvator Giunta will be speaking at the Peterson Air Force Base Auditorium 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the eighth service member to receive the nation's highest military decoration for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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