By Scott Prater
More than 700 Airmen, family members and civilians strolled around the Schriever Fitness Center Oct. 14 as the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo and Information Fair hosted 18 local businesses and universities and 22 Schriever agencies.
Maybe it was the complimentary food, catered by Texas Roadhouse, the bevy of local universities offering insights into their graduate and undergraduate programs, or the chance to win a high-definition television that drew the masses. But one thing is for sure, crowds rushed through the doors at a torrid pace.
“I was really happy with the turnout,” said 50th FSS Director Thea Wasche. “I was working 10 feet from the entrance and I couldn’t see the door.”
Wasche said the Expo hosted many more educational institutions than at last year’s Expo, and organizers also brought in some of Schriever’s services that aren’t affiliated with the 50th FSS.
“This year, we were trying to highlight not only what the Force Support Squadron can do but what some of the other agencies on base can do,” Ms. Wasche said. “For instance, we had representatives from the Health and Wellness Center, the Medical Clinic, the Chapel and Drug Demand personnel. And the Schriever Fire Department even provided information on fire safety.”
Expo organizers set up the event in a way which enticed attendees to visit as many of the some 35 information booths as possible. Each vendor visited garnered a mark on their visitor cards, which attendees then deposited into the prize-drawing drum.
Tech Sgt. Stephen Campbell won a 40” High Definition Television, Senior Airman Freddy Noriega took home a Dell Laptop Computer and Tech Sgt. Mark Portillos snagged a Wii Sports System along with nine bonus games.
“We had a lot more sponsorship than we did last year so we were able to give away more stuff,” Ms. Wasche said. “We were all astounded by the level of participation. To give people the opportunity to visit with all of the educational institutions and for them to see exactly what is available to them on base was exciting.”