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Team 5-0 tailgates aloha style

The Air Force Academy Falcons football team played Hawaii in Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. A full stadium and clear blue skies proided optimal conditions for the game. (Courtesy photo)

The Air Force Academy Falcons football team played Hawaii in Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. A full stadium and clear blue skies proided optimal conditions for the game. (Courtesy photo)

Camryn Slade, Col. Robyn Slade, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 50th Space Wing commander, Travis Slade, and Col. Stephen Slade, 310th Operations Group commander enjoy the Team 5-0 tailgate, at Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Many families enjoyed the weather, food and activities during the tailgate. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez) 

Camryn Slade, Col. Robyn Slade, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 50th Space Wing commander, Travis Slade, and Col. Stephen Slade, 310th Operations Group commander enjoy the Team 5-0 tailgate, at Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Many families enjoyed the weather, food and activities during the tailgate. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez) 

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Team 5-0 friends and family enjoyed clear skies and lots of food before the U.S. Air Force Academy vs. Hawaii game at the “Hawaii, Team 5-0” tailgate party, Saturday Oct. 22.

 

During the tailgate, children decorated miniature pumpkins, adults played corn hole, friends chatted, donned leis and music resonated. There wasn’t much more tailgate participants could ask for on this USAFA gameday.

 

Second Lieutenants Clare Sakovich and Kelley Kennedy, 50th Operations Support Squadron, and event coordinators, both said the best part of the entire event was relaxing with some food and friends, and everyone should experience a tailgate.

 

“I enjoy tailgating. I’ve tailgated for other football games besides this. I mean, you always got to tailgate!” said Kennedy.

 

Both Air Force Academy graduates, Kennedy and Sakovich participated in almost every tailgate party held in their four years as cadets, and still enjoy them today. 

 

Col. Stephen Slade, 310th Operations Group Commander, advocated for community events like the tailgate.

 

“If you just sit at the installation, or in your dorm room, or whatever the case, and you never go out and experience what Colorado has to offer, you can very easily say, ‘well that was not a very good place to go.’ But get engaged, get involved in things like this,” said Slade.

 

He explained how the Air Force has changed from tight-knit families, “and when I say families, [I mean] units,” to groups without as many opportunities to come together and build those relationships.

 

“This is just another opportunity to get together outside of work, and enjoy your time with others,” said Slade.  

 

Schriever spouses used this opportunity to add flavor to the tailgate with a sweet and savory themed food tasting competition.

 

“We all tried to come up with games or fun activities that the spouses or other people could participate in,” said Cathy Bentivenga, Schriever spouse and competition sponsor.

 

Leslie Janaros, Schriever spouse, won the sweet category with her cinnamon roll submission. The savory winner was Rory Tong, who supported Hawaii, with her Spam musubi.

 

“This is so good! I could eat this all day!” said Slade after tasting the Spam musubi submission.

 

The 50 OSS coordinated set-up and the tear-down, stressing they could not have done it without the spouses and 21st Space Operations Squadron’s help.

 

For those interested in assisting, or taking part in an event such as this, there is no need to be timid. Many of the tailgaters didn’t attend the game, but still went out in support of Schriever and its personnel.

 

The tailgate may have been coordinated thanks to an USAFA football game, but all are welcome, regardless of one’s love for football.

 

 “It’s kind of like an American tradition, to tailgate before games,” said Kennedy.  

 

Check the base bulletin and calendar of events at www.schriever.af.mil for more information about future tailgates and other social events. 

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