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50 SW Chaplain office offers new programs, initiatives

2nd Lt. Harrison Hatcher (left), 2nd Space Operations Satellite Vehicle Operator, his wife Briana Hatcher, Capt. Jessica Getrost, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron Flight Commander and her husband Michael Getrost enjoy breakfast before starting a workshop at the 50th Space Wing Chaplain sponsored Marriage Care Retreat in Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, Colorado Saturday, June 17, 2015. The weekend included programs intended to strengthen marriages through communication, understanding differences in personalities and reconnecting. (Courtesy Photo)

2nd Lt. Harrison Hatcher (left), 2nd Space Operations Satellite Vehicle Operator, his wife Briana Hatcher, Capt. Jessica Getrost, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron Flight Commander and her husband Michael Getrost enjoy breakfast before starting a workshop at the 50th Space Wing Chaplain sponsored Marriage Care Retreat in Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, Colorado Saturday, June 17, 2015. The weekend included programs intended to strengthen marriages through communication, understanding differences in personalities and reconnecting. (Courtesy Photo)

Couples work on a relationship project during the Marriage Care Weekend Retreat, sponsored by the 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office, Saturday, June 17, 2015, at Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The project is designed to help couples learn about and discuss each other's family background. (Courtesy Photo)

Couples work on a relationship project during the Marriage Care Weekend Retreat, sponsored by the 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office, Saturday, June 17, 2015, at Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The project is designed to help couples learn about and discuss each other's family background. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing Chaplain's office held its fourth marriage retreat this year for team Schriever as part of their initiative to expand their programs to support Team 5-0.

The retreat, which was hailed as a success, was held June 12-14 at the Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs. The free event, themed "reconnection," was held for married Schriever couples.

The chaplains partnered with The Healthy Marriage Project, a Colorado-based organization committed to train people to live, love and lead well. The weekend included programs intended to strengthen marriages through communication, understanding differences in personalities and reconnecting.

Not only do married couples have the opportunity to relax at weekend getaways, but the chaplain's office has also offered single-parent retreats to families as well.

The chaplains lead a grief care workshop which helps people help others in grief. "A lot of people don't know what to say, and often say the wrong things when trying to comfort people who are grieving," said Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson, 50 SW Chaplain. Adamson has had experience in the past training Airmen to talk to families who have lost loved ones in a deployed environment.

For this summer, the office is looking forward to several fun events that the wing will be able to participate in.

The chaplain's office is planning resiliency picnics for groups here to show their appreciation for all the hard work Team Schriever has been putting in. An appreciation luncheon is also being planned for Team 5-0 commanders, superintendents and First Sergeants. Schriever leaders work long hours and have a big job, Adamson explained.

For those on Team Schriever who like to run, they can get excited for the Amazing gRace event. It is a team race similar to that of the television show, but each station will have exercises dealing with virtues to challenge competitors. Adamson didn't want to give away too much, but said it will be a blast.

Airmen can look forward to Medal of Honor Mondays, where chaplains want to engage people about character discussions based on past Medal of Honor winners. Conversations will focus on a particular winner and what made their service particularly outstanding.

There are many opportunities for chaplain functions to be offered to the wing, however there are limiting factors.

"It always depends on how much funding we have, and how much our staff can take on," said Tech Sgt. Tawny Devine, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Chapel Operations. "What is awesome in the chaplain corps is that we are always open to ideas. We're always open to people who want to do stuff, and just need a little support."

Volunteers are a huge help to chaplains. Since the Schriever chaplain office is small, they are grateful for those who step up and offer new programs or initiatives.

"We love ideas and new ways to help people," said Adamson, "Our vision statement is to be unrivaled ambassadors of hope, delivering engaging spiritual care to Schriever Air Force Base warriors and their families."

Chaplains and chaplain assistants are assigned as Religious Support Teams to each of the different units here on Schriever. Each RST takes care of the needs of every squadron by encouraging them in work, in life and providing for free exercise of religion.

"Programs are just a means to create relationships with people so that when bad things happen, people feel comfortable coming so us," said Devine. "All these resiliency events we put on help build into people and then helps create a relationship or bridge that when things happen, they can feel comfortable crossing and talking to us."

For more information about upcoming events or RST assignments, please contact the chaplain's office at 567-3705.
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