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Schriever aspires to inspire with TEDx

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Naomi Griego Thea Wasche, American Red Cross volunteer and her registered therapy dog, Lacey, speak to Schriever members during the TEDxSchriever event held in the Building 300 auditorium Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., about the benefits of therapy dogs and the work they provide in association with the Red Cross. More than 50 Team Schriever members attended this year’s event which focused on selflessness.

By Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Schriever Air Force Base hosted its second annual TEDxSchriever event in the Building 300 auditorium May 15 to inspire base personnel with stories of selflessness.

TEDxSchriever provided the base a unique platform for people who have good ideas they’d like to share with their community.

“It is a different type of event than what Schriever already has, and with the theme we can change it up every year to keep it fresh and new,” said James Hodges, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs community engagement chief.

This year’s TEDxSchriever theme was selflessness and featured live music from the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Blue Steel, and presentations by guest speakers Todd Benson, Air Force Wounded Warrior Shooting Team coach; Airman 1st Class Samuel Stone, 2nd Space Operations Squadron satellite systems operator and Thea Wasche, American Red Cross volunteer and her registered therapy dog, Lacey.

“The theme of selflessness hit home with the audience,” said Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Emerson, 50 SW command chief assistant. “All military members are selfless in their own right, so I believe these stories pull the heart strings of many.”

Benson captivated the audience with stories of his involvement with the Wounded Warrior Program and his role in supporting veteran reintegration.

“TEDxSchriever, like many venues, provides an opportunity to remind Americans about the sacrifices these Airmen have made for our county,” said Benson. “Sharing their stories is vital to ensuring we never forget our Wounded Warriors.”

“I think [the stories] are so moving and they take you out of your comfort zone,” said Emerson. “It’s great to hear peoples’ stories and all Airmen should want to attend to gain a greater perspective.”

In 1984, TED started as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, but today it covers a wide variety of topics in more than 100 languages.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

TEDxSchriever not only gave base personnel something to relate to and think about, it also highlighted the unique mission of the 50th Space Wing.

Stone was able to personalize his GPS mission and comfort the audience by letting them know no matter how lost they may be, he’s there to help them find their way.

“Each speaker was able to convey a unique look on selflessness, and regardless of which TEDxSchriever presentation or presenter attendees related to I hope the attendees saw their co-workers in a new light, are inspired by their selfless acts and will maybe view selflessness with increased enthusiasm,” said Hodges.

For those who weren’t able to attend, there is good news, TEDxSchriever will be available online and will be back next year.

“We want to make this an annual event because the more we host, the more the base will get familiar with it and we’ll get an audience of interested people to talk about it and turn it into the community event that it is intended to be,” said Hodges. “We want people waiting to get tickets for it.”

For more information, contact Hodges at 567-5040.

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