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Summer Slam concludes Schriever Week

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes Children and adults ride elephants during the Summer Slam Base Picnic Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The base picnic was part of Schriever Week, a weeklong celebration that honored the installation’s history and recognized the people who support the mission.

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
Children and adults ride elephants during the Summer Slam Base Picnic Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The base picnic was part of Schriever Week, a weeklong celebration that honored the installation’s history and recognized the people who support the mission.

By Senior Airman Naomi Griego

50th Space Wing Public Affairs 

Team Schriever concluded Schriever Week with the Summer Slam Base Picnic Friday at the Schriever Fitness Center.

Schriever Week was designed to honor our heritage, commend the men and women of the base and celebrate “65 years of Mastering Space.”

“Remember that our success is about more than high technology systems… it is about each of you,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, at Schriever Week opening reveille ceremony. “Remember that the effects you deliver benefit people around the world and have forever changed the way the United States and our allies fight wars to defend freedom.”

More than 3,200 people attended the picnic that boasted several activities such as bounce houses, face painting, vendors, a rock climbing wall, elephant and camel rides, renaissance festival performers, a dunk tank and much more.

According to Thea Wasche, 50th Force Support Squadron deputy commander, and Steve Sarandos, 50 FSS commercial sponsorship coordinator, the event was a huge success. 

 “We have been planning this picnic since November of last year,” said Wasche. “I think it is something people will remember for a long time.”

The event required multiple base agencies to work together including the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 21st Medical Squadron, 50th Security Forces Squadron, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, spouses clubs, Red Cross, 50 SW Safety office, among others.

“We have a great team here,” said Wasche. “Not only did our force support family contribute, but the event wouldn’t have been possible without the 120 volunteers who supported us.”

Sarandos said his favorite part of the picnic was watching everyone enjoy themselves.

“The best part of my job is watching everything come together and seeing the smiles on the faces of our members and their families,” said Sarandos.

Wasche echoed the sentiment.

“My favorite part of the picnic was being able to give back to our members who give so much to us,” said Wasche.

One of those smiling families was that of Senior Airmen Carrie and Shawn Tierney of the 50th Communications Squadron.

“It was extremely fun and very kid friendly,” said Carrie.

She said her daughter especially loved the bounce castles.

“I have attended multiple picnics and this was by far bigger than anything I’ve been to,” she said.

Her favorite parts of the event were the elephant and camel rides.

 “My family and I will definitely be attending next year’s picnic,” she added.

Wasche said the Summer Slam picnic was a way for personnel to take a break from the high operations tempo where they could enjoy themselves and relax.

“The picnic was a great way for the base to interact with the local community,” said Wasche. “The events will just continue to grow as a result.”

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