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Schriever Summer Slam features fun activities

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 50th Space Wing hosts the annual Schriever Summer Slam Base Picnic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the outdoor track west of the main fitness center.

“The base picnic is held each year as a way to bring the entire Schriever community together for a day of camaraderie, fun and relaxation,” said Lynn Sleeth, 50th Force Support Squadron marketing manager. “All who live or work on Schriever AFB and who are eligible [morale, welfare and recreation] patrons are welcome to attend. This includes contractors, Department of Defense and non-appropriated fund civilians and their family members.”

As part of the picnic, sports events will be held including a family 5K fun run and walk, Chiefs and Eagles softball game, four-person mountain bike race, group softball tournament and strong-person competition. The cultural diversity event will include presentations from West African, Filipino American, Pan American, Native American and Asian-Pacific Islander dancers. The event will also feature a Jewish Holocaust Remembrance speaker.

“In recent years, we have also included Diversity Day activities, which are coordinated by the 50th Space Wing Equal Opportunity Office, as a way of celebrating the diversity of our community,” Sleeth said. “With the addition of base housing, the event has become that much more important, enhancing the quality of life for our military members and their families.”

There will also be a car, truck and motorcycle show. Vehicles may win people’s choice, best car, truck and motorcycle awards.

“This is about having fun with family and friends and enjoying a Colorado summer,” said 1st Lt. Madeleine Pedretti, 50 FSS financial operations officer and resource advisor. “There’s something for everyone at the picnic, from free food and a car show for adults to bounce houses and face painting for kids.”

Participants will also have an opportunity to enter their names for drawings to win prizes including a 46-inch high-definition TV. Car show, craft vendors, caricature artists, face painters and other activities are available all day.

The 50th Space Wing Public Affairs also hosts a family and friends tour before the base picnic from 8:30-10 a.m. All interested family and friends must be sponsored by a Schriever member with a common access card. Attendees will receive an opportunity to learn about the wing’s mission and tour the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons facilities as well as the Colorado Tracking Station. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call 567-5040.

Local sponsors including USAA, Ent Federal Credit Union, Tierra Vista Communities, Harris IT, and University of Phoenix provided activities and food for the picnic. On-base private organizations and small home business vendors will be offering their products for sale.

“Schriever AFB is extremely fortunate to have the generous support of the business community, as well as that of our outstanding volunteers to make the annual Schriever Summer Slam Base Picnic one of the best events Air Force-wide,” Sleeth said.

Pedretti echoed the same sentiment and said volunteers are critical to making the base picnic successful.

“This is a community event and it wouldn’t be possible without the help from all our Schriever volunteers,” she said. “This is the best event on Schriever.”

For more information about the picnic, call Sleeth 567-4740.

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