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Schriever Airmen represent at Broncos military combine

Airman 1st Class Kyle Lucas, 50th Operations Support Squadron, weaves through standing dummies during an obstacle course at a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The combine consisted of five different football drills that each team of five attempted for speed, strength and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Class Kyle Lucas, 50th Operations Support Squadron, weaves through standing dummies during an obstacle course at a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The combine consisted of five different football drills that each team of five attempted for speed, strength and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airmen 1st Class Monique Pucci, 50th Force Support Squadron, Daultyn Kline, 50th Communications Squadron, and Gabriel Sanderson, 21st Security Forces Squadron (Schriever alternate), 2nd Lt. Nate Hruby, 1st Space Operations Squadron, Airman 1st Classes Spencer Thorpe, 50th Security Forces Squadron, and Kyle Lucas, 50th Operations Support Squadron, represent Schriever Air Force Base during a USAA-sponsored National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Team Schriever placed third overall against nine other military teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airmen 1st Class Monique Pucci, 50th Force Support Squadron, Daultyn Kline, 50th Communications Squadron, and Gabriel Sanderson, 21st Security Forces Squadron (Schriever alternate), 2nd Lt. Nate Hruby, 1st Space Operations Squadron, Airman 1st Classes Spencer Thorpe, 50th Security Forces Squadron, and Kyle Lucas, 50th Operations Support Squadron, represent Schriever Air Force Base during a USAA-sponsored National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Team Schriever placed third overall against nine other military teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Classes Monique Pucci, 50th Force Support Squadron, carries a dummy bag to the next point during an agility course relay for Team Schriever during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The event was sponsored by USAA in partnership with the Denver Broncos to show appreciation for military service members in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Classes Monique Pucci, 50th Force Support Squadron, carries a dummy bag to the next point during an agility course relay for Team Schriever during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The event was sponsored by USAA in partnership with the Denver Broncos to show appreciation for military service members in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Class Daultyn Kline, 50th Communications Squadron, stretches in a warm-up prior to starting the National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Kline was one of more than 50 active duty personnel who competed in the NFL drills. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Class Daultyn Kline, 50th Communications Squadron, stretches in a warm-up prior to starting the National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Kline was one of more than 50 active duty personnel who competed in the NFL drills. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Class Spencer Thorpe, 50th Security Forces Squadron, launches a medicine ball for distance during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Instructors lead teams through each drill and kept score based on a points system. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Airman 1st Class Spencer Thorpe, 50th Security Forces Squadron, launches a medicine ball for distance during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Instructors lead teams through each drill and kept score based on a points system. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Second Lt. Nate Hruby, 1st Space Operations Squadron, bear crawls around cones during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Bear crawls were one of the five-parts of the agility course relay that needed to be completed for time. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Second Lt. Nate Hruby, 1st Space Operations Squadron, bear crawls around cones during a National Football League-style boot camp at the Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Bear crawls were one of the five-parts of the agility course relay that needed to be completed for time. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --

Five Schriever Air Force Base Airmen went head-to-head with nine other military teams during a National Football League-style boot camp Aug. 25, at the Denver Broncos' Dove Valley Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado.

The event was sponsored by USAA in partnership with the Broncos to show appreciation for military service members in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas.

The combine consisted of five different football drills that each team of five attempted for speed, strength and accuracy. Team Schriever’s first drill was the gauntlet, a five-part agility course relay where the Airmen had to high-knee over and tap short barriers, bear crawl through cones, carry a dummy bag to the next point, weave through inflatable dummies and finally sprint to the finish. 

Team Schriever then moved on to a 100-yard dash with a heavy bag, a 20-yard heavy bag sled-push, a kneeling power ball launch for distance and a catching drill.

Instructors lead teams through each drill and kept score based on a points system.

Airman 1st Class Kyle James Lucas, 50th Operations Support Squadron, played as a walk-on linebacker for Pennsylvania State University for two years. The training camp was a familiar environment for him.

“Some of the drills we did were drills we went through when I was a linebacker Penn State, so it felt normal again,” said Lucas. “I was back out there with the team going through a training camp, going through a regular practice, and then, with the camaraderie with the team, with the guys and gals we just met, it felt like a real football environment again.”

According to Airman 1st Class Daultyn Kline, 50th Communications Squadron, the camaraderie was evident, as Team Schriever took third overall, an impressive feat since most of the team never met each other before.  

“I actually didn’t know who I was coming here with, I basically met up with them a couple minutes before the first drill,” he explained. “We had a pretty good team, we were pretty balanced in my opinion. We all worked well together.”

After the drill portion of the event, the attendees and their families relaxed and ate lunch as well as participated in a raffle give-away. The event concluded with a brief meet-and-greet and autograph signing with Broncos players after practice.

“It was a great opportunity, coming here and actually doing it -- I am proud of myself and our team as well,” said Airman 1st Class Monique Pucci, 50th Force Support Squadron military personnel section. “I appreciate the things (USAA and the Broncos) did for us, Schriever is a little far out there. So for us to be able to attend and represent, I wouldn’t want to be with any other base.”  

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