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Schriever Airmen put a twist on painting

By Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 10 Airmen from Schriever Air Force Base showed off their creative side at Painting with a Twist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as part of the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Single Airmen Initiative, Feb. 28.

During the free event, Airmen had the opportunity to spend an evening getting to know each other while painting their version of a Colorado sunset.

“The Single Airmen’s Initiative program opens the door for Airmen to give a variety of activities a try, without having the burden of paying for them,” said Seth Cannello, fitness and sports manager and event organizer with the 50th Force Support Squadron.

First Lt. Ramon Rosario, mission planning cell lead with the 4th Space Operations Squadron, said this was his first time participating in the SAI Painting with a Twist event.

“Painting with my friends and fellow Airmen gave me the opportunity to show my artful prowess, eye for color, love of nature and humility,” he said. “The event was more lively and entertaining than I could have expected. SAI creates unique events to have fun like no other Air Force — sponsored events. I would highly recommend anyone attend these events.”

While the event was not a typical SAI outdoor activity, it still presented social opportunities for Airmen in attendance.

“Painting with a Twist is a unique event that Schriever Airmen can participate in while interacting with each other,” Cannello said. “The group really seemed to be having a fun time. One of the reasons I like this event is because not everyone hunts, fishes or likes high adrenaline activities. This is a Recharge for Resiliency event with the intention of including all Airmen.”

Capt. John Bang, staff instructor with the 50th Operations Support Squadron, who helped coordinate the event, said the most rewarding aspect was to see everybody having a positive experience.

“For some people, they aren’t familiar with Schriever members from other squadrons,” he said. “This was a great opportunity to create relationships so they can build upon that.”

To register, or for more information about upcoming SAI events, contact Cannello at 567-6658.

According to Cannello, the Fitness Center is always looking for new suggestions.


Below are tentative dates for SAI trips throughout the year.

March 30 — April 2 Spoonbill fishing trip

April 3 — 6 Bowfishing

April 6 — 8 Turkey hunt trip I

April 13 — 15 Turkey hunt trip II

April 21 Pike fishing

May 5, 6 Hot air balloon ride

May 18 Walleye fishing trip

June 1 Skydive

June 9 Segway tour

June 11 Terror Dactyl ride

July 13, 14, 15 Motorized hang glider

July 25 Bear dance golf

July 27 Paragliding

Aug. 10 Kart racing

Aug. 17 Hang glider

Sept. 7 Dove hunt

Sept. 14 Llama hike

Oct. 1 Sandhill crane hunt

Nov. 14 Pheasant hunt

Schriever Airmen put a twist on painting
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