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Schriever family members ‘deploy’ to fitness center

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- About 60 Airmen and family members came to Schriever’s Main Fitness Center Dec. 7 for a three-hour “deployment.” Children moved through a processing line and received necklaces, certificates and hand-pressed buttons. Some went into the racquetball court to practice their marksmanship on skee-ball and basketball games, while others engaged in hand-to-hand combat against inflatable monkeys and giraffes.

The activities were all part of Schriever’s inaugural deployed families dinner, held for Airmen who are going to deploy, their families and the family members of Airmen who are currently deployed.

Airman 1st Class Allyn Carver, 4th Space Operations Squadron, said he volunteered to help with the deployed families dinner to help tear down afterward.

Col. Karen Rizzuti, 50th Space Wing individual mobilization augmentee, joined Tech. Sgt. Tracey Dawley, 50th Mission Support Squadron; Staff Sgt. Desirée Pogue, 392nd Training Squadron Detachment 1, Tech. Sgt. Tony Rincon, 4th SOPS, and others to serve family members a dinner of turkey, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other holiday treats.

“It’s all about the people—it really is,” offered Master Sgt. Tim Brown, 4th SOPS first sergeant and one of the deployment dinner’s organizers. One of the dinner’s main goals was to bring families to Schriever and let them know they are welcome here.

Col. Cal Hutto, 50th SW vice commander, reinforced that with comments during the dinner.

“Make sure you use the (FSC) services,” Colonel Hutto said. “If you have any family problems, please let me or (50th SW commander Col. John Hyten) know.

“We thank you for coming out, especially when it’s only five degrees outside,” Colonel Hutto added with a smile. “We’ll try to make it warmer here for you.”