By Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, slammed into summer when the 50th Force Support Squadron hosted its annual Summer Slam base picnic at Schriever AFB, July 22.
Eric McCullough, 50th FSS community cohesion coordinator, said the picnic grew by over 50 percent in events and vendors from last year.
“Hosting events like this is worth the time and effort,” he said. “It gives the base a chance to exhale, relax and have fun. Airmen and their families are able to put aside work for a few hours, recharge and decompress.”
McCollough said more than 2,000 people attended the event.
“The Summer Slam is our biggest event of the year and it was a huge success,” he said. “We met our goals and brought in new things (such as a BMX show and new vendors) for Team Schriever to enjoy.”
He said there were more than 130 volunteers helping with the event.
“Without the help of all of our volunteers, partners and everyone involved, this picnic would not have happened, so thank you,” McCollough said.
He said by creating a fun environment, Airmen can build stronger relationships with one another and have a chance to meet new people.
“We set the bar high this year; however, this doesn’t mean we can slack next year,” McCollough said. “Now we’ve got to raise the bar, we have to aim higher.”
Among the attendee’s was 2nd Lt. Travis Baker, 50th Space Wing protocol aid, who said the picnic was a good way to relax.
“Event’s like these are a good way to create a strong identity for our base and Airmen,” he said. “We’re a caring family that takes care of our own, and this event showcased that.”
Baker said the picnic was a good morale booster because it brought the base together in a low stress environment, and by being a morale booster, events like the Summer Slam can build resiliency by bringing Airmen together.
“My coworkers and I have had a lot of fun at this event and I look forward to participating in any future events here,” he said. “This event was a great way to bring our personal family into our Air Force family together.”
Airman Daniel Breimann, 50th Operation Support Squadron student, said the picnic made him feel more welcomed.
“Schriever Air Force Base’s Summer Slam was a fun and professional environment to kick back, relax and strengthen bonds with fellow Airmen and friends while forming new relationships with others,” he said. “The picnic made me feel like I was incorporated into the Schriever AFB family despite my short time here.”
Breimann said the event was a lot of fun because of the different activities and events.
“The Summer Slam was awesome,” he said. “It really just helped me relax, it was definitely a good time and I look forward to attending it again next year.”