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2014 Year in Review: Base strengthens community outreach

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes A piggybank standing atop other debris is among the remnants of a home destroyed by the 2013 fire at Black Forest, Colo. Members of the 25th and 379th Space Range Squadrons piled scrap metal and other materials Nov. 26, 2014, at Black Forest, Colo., as part of the squadrons’ volunteer effort through the non-profit Black Forest Together.

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
A piggybank standing atop other debris is among the remnants of a home destroyed by the 2013 fire at Black Forest, Colo. Members of the 25th and 379th Space Range Squadrons piled scrap metal and other materials Nov. 26, 2014, at Black Forest, Colo., as part of the squadrons’ volunteer effort through the non-profit Black Forest Together.

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Schriever Air Force Base has always maintained a symbiotic relationship with Colorado Springs. The local community has always been supportive of the base, as well as other area military installations.

Throughout 2014, Team Schriever has shown its support to the local community, from volunteerism to attending events to opening its doors for tours and outreach.

For instance, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron gave a tour of the GPS master control center to members of Boy Scout Troop 64 in May. The troop members also received an opportunity to dine in at the Satellite Dish dining facility and view the U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Clock.

The Sky Sox held military appreciation games, which featured Schriever Airmen, throwing the first pitch, singing the national anthem and posting the colors.

In July, the Girls of the West toured Schriever and promoted the annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which base members usually attend.

Team Schriever also partners with local agencies for training events. In September, Schriever emergency responders and a local life flight crew conducted a medical evacuation capability exercise. The purpose of the training was for the aircrew to practice landing and launching medical helicopters at Schriever Air Force Base and to familiarize emergency responders with the aircraft and responders’ mission and capabilities.

Volunteering is another way Team Schriever members give back to the community. Some do it on their own, while others rally up a group and volunteer together.

The day before Thanksgiving, a group composed of 527th and 379th Space Range Squadrons personnel volunteered their time to help a Black Forest fire victim get back on her feet. They dug a trench, built a fence, gathered burnt trees for a wood chipper and loaded damaged scrap metal into a dump truck.

From Red Cross to Care and Share and other non-profit agencies, Schriever members have shown their support for the community.

Additionally, Schriever maintains a constant opportunity for community outreach through its honorary commanders program, with its new set of honorary commanders inducted in 2014. As part of the program, local civic and community leaders gain insight and experience about Air Force and Schriever Air Force Base operations and programs by working with Air Force commanders and personnel.

The partnership benefits Air Force commanders and personnel through increased association with the community and its key leaders.

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