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Schriever celebrates birthday week

Second Lt. Kaily Collins, 1st Space Operations Squadron, helps decorate bags for Project Angel Heart during Wingman Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Wingman Day occurred during Schriever Week, a week celebrating Schriever’s 31st birthday and dedicated to the Airmen who execute the bases’ mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Second Lt. Kaily Collins, 1st Space Operations Squadron, helps decorate bags for Project Angel Heart during Wingman Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Wingman Day occurred during Schriever Week, a week celebrating Schriever’s 31st birthday and dedicated to the Airmen who execute the bases’ mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Civic leaders attend the biannual State of the Base briefing during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The briefing helps local officials understand the different base missions and future opportunities for partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Civic leaders attend the biannual State of the Base briefing during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The briefing helps local officials understand the different base missions and future opportunities for partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, addresses honorary commanders about the current state of the base during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The briefing covered community outreach programs at Schriever and the efforts the base will make to strengthen the bond with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, addresses honorary commanders about the current state of the base during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The briefing covered community outreach programs at Schriever and the efforts the base will make to strengthen the bond with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Peggy Littleton, El Paso County commissioner, speaks during the biannual State of the Base during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Littleton was one of many local area civic leaders in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Peggy Littleton, El Paso County commissioner, speaks during the biannual State of the Base during Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Littleton was one of many local area civic leaders in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Ellicott School District band play for the 50th Space Wing during Wingman University at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The event was part of the Schriever Week to celebrate the installation’s 31st birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Ellicott School District band play for the 50th Space Wing during Wingman University at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The event was part of the Schriever Week to celebrate the installation’s 31st birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Schriever members go thru the food line during the Chief’s Barbecue, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Team Schriever’s Chiefs Group hosted the barbecue to boost morale for the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Dewitt)

Schriever members go thru the food line during the Chief’s Barbecue, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Team Schriever’s Chiefs Group hosted the barbecue as part of Schriever Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Dewitt)

Participants in the Chief’s barbecue play corn hole at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Corn hole was one of the forms of entertainment on hand for participants at the barbecue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Dewitt)

Airman in the Chief’s barbecue play corn hole as part of Schriever Week at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The base celebrated its 31st birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Dewitt)

Participants carry a litter during Schriever Week’s Warrior Run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The 1-mile obstacle course include puzzle solving, team carry and weighted obstacle carry. Each team must consist of six members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Participants carry a litter during Schriever Week’s Warrior Run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The 1-mile obstacle course included puzzle solving, team carry and weighted obstacle carry.(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Participants flip a tire during Schriever Week’s Warrior Run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Other Schriever Week events include Wingman University, Chief’s Barbecue and chaplain lunches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Participants flip a tire during Schriever Week’s Warrior Run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Other Schriever Week events included Wingman University, Chief’s Barbecue and chaplain lunches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

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.
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