By 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office hosted Geek Lunch is changing to Lunch Box Games, beginning 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Building 300 auditorium.
During this event, Airmen have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and music while playing video, board, card and party games.
For 1st Lt. Lauren Hughes, 50th SW chaplain, the event is a venue for the chaplain corps to connect with the community and build camaraderie among participants.
“Lunch Box Games will be an opportunity during lunch time where Airmen can relax and get their gaming for the week while they are still at work,” she said. “It gives them an opportunity to connect with each other.”
Previously known as Geek Lunch, the concept was originated by former chaplain Capt. Portmann Werner in the summer of 2016. A gamer himself, he sought to create a space for Airmen to network and share their love of gaming.
The event has been renamed in an effort to be more inclusive.
“The name change came from wanting more Airmen to be able to participate and be comfortable,” Hughes said. “This is not just for geeks or gamers, the Lunch Box Games allows any Airman who has some downtime during lunch to come and build some camaraderie with others.”
Additionally, the integration of new modern consoles and a variety of games brings new possibilities to the event.
“Having party games, old-school gaming and Nintendo Switch consoles allows for all personalities and generations to potentially connect in a competitive and fun environment,” Hughes said.
The Schriever Geek Squad (no association with any branded business) will launch along with the Lunch Box Games. This is a new concept to give Airmen the chance to volunteer as subject matter experts in all things gaming. Among other duties, the volunteers serve as consultants to the chaplain by sharing ideas about what games are better suited for each event.
For Senior Airman Trevor Colt, 50th Space Communications Squadron cyber systems operator, it’s a great opportunity to give back to the community by helping fellow Airmen enjoy gaming in all forms.
“Our duties as a geek squad are to help people enjoy the activities we’re providing and foster a competitive and friendly atmosphere,” he said. “My main reason for joining the geek squad is to help people who like playing board or tabletop games find the next game they will enjoy playing. We also help facilitate a fun environment where newer players can see how fun the tabletop gaming world can be.”
Being a gamer himself, Colt has his favorites among different gaming genres.
“I enjoy playing tabletop and board games primarily, games such as Settlers of Catan or Cards Against Humanity to more obscure games like Dead of Winter, Dominion, Epic Spell Wars and many others,” he said.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Jones, 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s Office religious affairs non-commissioned officer, believes events like these help raise Airmen morale in multiple ways.
“I think anytime you can bring something to the Airmen that speaks to their personality, it helps raise morale,” he said. “Some jobs, just by their nature, are more stressful or they have harder waters to navigate as far as camaraderie goes. These events hosted by the chapel give Airmen, of all ranks, the opportunity to come together in a manner that is fun, but also professional.”
Hughes highlighted resiliency as another aspect of the whole Airman concept the event instills.
“So we are all here about resiliency, right? It’s making sure Airmen have an opportunity to not only relax, but to be able to have their spiritual match stricken, as well. A lot of times, rest, fun and camaraderie add to a person’s resiliency,” she said.
Future Lunch Box Games will be held in the same location and time, every other Tuesday. For more information about the Lunch Box Games, contact the chaplain’s office at 719-567-3705.