By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
KEYSTONE, Colo. – Thirty-two single Schriever Airmen traveled to Keystone to learn the importance of building healthy relationships and enjoy winter sports during a singles ski retreat weekend Feb. 27 to March 1.
The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office sponsored the trip and provided lodging, breakfast and dinner for the weekend.
“The purpose of this retreat was to help Airmen to develop healthy relationships especially when they are in search of a future spouse. With a staggering 60 percent divorce rate, most Airmen grow up in single-parent homes. It is important for them to see, first hand, healthy relationships and to learn about how to develop such relationships themselves that will stand the test of time, deployments and military life,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Christopher Underwood from the 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office.
This was done through the use of nightly seminars and discussion panels, led by base leadership and their wives, including Col. H.B. Brual, 50th Space Wing vice commander and his wife, Desiree, Lt. Col. Tommy Roberts, 4th Space Operations Squadron commander and his wife Marci, Chaplain Underwood and his wife, Tina, Chief Master Sgt. Steven Alexander, 50th Space Communications Squadron chief enlisted manager and his wife, Nancy, and Master Sgt. Alvaro Magana, 50th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant and his wife, Amy.
The married couples spoke candidly about their own relationships, sharing some of the things that have helped them build lasting relationships.
“The theme of lasting relationships was a fitting topic for Airmen living on the move and faced with relationship challenges different than the rest of society,” Chief Alexander said.
Chief Alexander and his wife, a former Air Force medical technician, highlighted the absence of such Airmen opportunities in their early years and how much the Air Force has progressed.
“Looking back on 20 years of marriage in the Air Force, we don’t remember this kind of program being offered to Airmen when we were starting off and living in the dorms,” he said.
After a good night’s rest, some Airmen took to the slopes to ski or snowboard, while others went tubing. Some enjoyed the shopping in River Run village, while others just relaxed by the fireplace.
As the trip came to a close, many Airmen reflected on the weekend and how the experience affected them.
Airman 1st Class Chue Her, from the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron’s heavy machine shop, said he enjoyed getting to better know people outside of the workplace.
“Retreats like these build a good connection with other people around the base, and build a stronger bond within the Air Force family,” he said.