By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Lt. Gen. Larry James’, 14th Air Force commander, recent visit to Schriever, his wife, Susan During, met with several commanders’ spouses for a tour of new expansion projects scheduled for Schriever to included the base’s new housing area and several 50th Force Support Squadron facilities.
Mrs. James was greeted by Angel Chun, wife of Col. Cary Chun, 50th Space Wing commander, and several spouses of 50th Space Wing leadership prior to departing for a tour of Schriever’s new housing construction area.
During the new housing construction area tour, Mrs. Chun illustrated how much consideration for family comfort had gone into the design of the new base housing. “A lot of thought has gone into the amenities that will be included,” said Mrs. Chun “I think Schriever families will be extremely happy with the completed housing.”
The next stop on the tour was the Child Development Center, which opened in 2002 during General James’ tenure as 50th Space Wing commander from April 2001 to June 2003.
During this visit, Mrs. James visited the infant room and the enrichment program, which offers a kindergarten curriculum for children older than 5.
She was also briefed on the current enrollment of 171 children and the 15 open classrooms while Toni Hansen, Chief of Airmen and Family Services, described the 2,100 square-foot expansion project, which will house school-age children.
Mrs. James then joined the other spouses for lunch at the Satellite Dish Dining Facility, where Lynn Sleeth, 50th FSS marketing manager, provided background on the merger of the 50th Services Division and Mission Support Squadron and how the newly-activated 50th FSS was stepping up to meet the needs of the expanding Schriever community.
Mrs. James was impressed by the strides made in reaching the growing and changing Schriever community.
“When my husband and I were here at Schriever, it was what some called a ‘baby base,'” she said. “It has certainly changed since then, and the 50th FSS is doing a great job rising to the challenge.”
The tour continued with a trip to the outdoor recreation office, the health and wellness center, and the newly-opened Ent credit union. Mrs. James was briefed on Army and Air Force Exchange Service programs and the plans for taking care of base housing residents with expanded Shoppette services and the future of AAFES planning at Schriever.
The second to last stop in the tour was the medical clinic, where Lt. Col. Maureen Charles and Master Sgt. Marie Hinkle briefed on the different capabilities of the clinic, such as family practice, flight medicine, dental, radiology, pharmacy and laboratory and public health departments.
Finally, after an informative visit to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Mrs. James rejoined her husband for their departure to Vandenberg AFB, Calif.