SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever Airmen engaged in squadron and individual growth, pairing recreational activities and informative classes in recognition of the base’s 31st birthday during Schriever Week Sept. 26-30.
“This is a week for all the men and women at Schriever to take a break from all the hard work they’ve been doing the past year,” Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, said during the event’s opening ceremony. “It is a time to recharge, reconnect and be involved. It’s a great opportunity for supervisors and commanders to get out and reconnect with their Airmen.”
Local community leaders were present at the opening of the week’s activities. Serving as honorary commanders, they received a rundown of the current state of the base immediately following the ceremony’s conclusion. The briefing highlighted Schriever efforts to strengthen ties with the community.
Tuesday brought both recreational and family-based activities. As some Airmen competed in Knockerball at the track, others were with their families touring the various squadrons essential to the base mission during a staff and family tour.
Wingman University, midway through the week, debuted a day dedicated to individual self-improvement as well as unit cohesion. Classes such as emotional management, and the amusingly titled “I got 99 problems and trauma isn’t one” colored the morning’s activities, while the second half of the day was free for squadrons to focus on teamwork.
“It’s a time to reflect and take a step back after the inspection,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chrisman, 50th Force Support Squadron superintendent and Schriever week lead coordinator. “Wingman Day is a big factor, everyone participates.”
After a day of exercising the mind, Airmen had a chance to compete against each other in a test of physical endurance during a warrior run behind the fitness center Friday.
In a final celebration of Schriever’s birthday and the individuals who help make the base great, Airmen gathered together for a chief’s barbecue and corn hole competition.
For Chrisman, the positives of the week’s festivities weigh in as a crucial bonding experience for the base.
“Any time we bring everyone together, whether through sporting events, formations or other occasions, is a time we can all share one bond- the bond of profession of arms,” said Chrisman.