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Schriever Sentinel

April focuses on Recreation and Leisure for Air Force Family

Schriever Airmen take on the white water of Colorado’s Arkansas River near Royal Gorge in 2007. (Courtesy Photo)

Schriever Airmen take on the white water of Colorado’s Arkansas River near Royal Gorge in 2007. (Courtesy Photo)

By Tech. Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

“Work hard, play hard” isn’t just a mantra for corporate America these days.

This month, the focus for the Year of the Air Force Family is recreation and leisure.

Airmen and families looking for recreation and leisure activities in the state of Colorado have a variety of choices ranging from hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, camping and fishing trips and more.

The Schriever outdoor recreation office is responsible for providing programs to improve combat readiness and recreation and travel opportunities that enhance the morale and welfare of Schriever personnel and their families.

“Some of the programs we offer to encourage outdoor leisure activities include rentals of pop-up campers, tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, tables and chairs and more,” said Brian Mitchell, Schriever outdoor recreation director. “We also have an Information, Tickets and Tours program which offers discounted tickets to various local attractions including sporting events and theme parks.”

The Schriever outdoor recreation office also works with the Peterson AFB and U.S. Air Force Academy offices to coordinate various trips and tours.

“Many of the whitewater rafting and skiing or snowboarding trips are a joint-effort and allow more participation throughout the frontrange,” Mr. Mitchell said.

Physical fitness programs offer another means of recreation for Airmen and families and many options are available through Schriever’s fitness center.

As more families move into base housing, the fitness center is expanding its classes and sports programs.

“Most people don’t realize that immediate military family members over the age of 18 are allowed to participate in intramural sports,” said Seth Cannello, Main Fitness Center director. “Besides taking some of the classes together, this is a great way for families to have fun and stay fit together.”

Through these base programs and the YoAFF, the Air Force continues to improve the quality of life for Airmen and their families.

“It’s important that we provide opportunities for recreation and leisure activities to Airmen and their families,” said Mr. Cannello. “Our hope is to help our Air Force family maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

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