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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

50 SW chapel presents Amazing gRace

by 2nd Lt. Darren Domingo
50th Space Wing Public Affairs

11/4/2015 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -  -- Team 5-0 personnel navigated obstacle courses, face-painted opinicus' and shot darts during the first-ever Amazing gRace scavenger hunt here Oct. 30.

Four-person teams congregated in the Building 210 Atrium before starting the 50th Space Wing Chapel's Amazing gRace, which was a test of physical resilience, knowledge of world religion and random virtue-based trivia.

"Teams ran all over base to different stations and were given clues based around faith and virtues," explained Chaplain (Capt.) Portmann Werner, 50th Space Wing chaplain. "Once they arrived at each hidden station, they first had to accomplish tasks such as shooting cups off teammates' heads with Nerf darts, rolling a tire around a track and Pictionary face-painting. They then had to answer five questions based on the themed virtue of the station."

After answering all five questions correctly at a station, the team would be awarded a sticker which, combined with the remaining stations' stickers, would lead to one final answer that needed to be presented at the finish line to complete the race.

"The purpose of the race was morale, but it was also spiritual, we were talking about virtues," Werner said. "A lot of the quotes used were for character building, so that even when reciting them, teams were learning these quotes. Besides having fun, there was team building."

The first team to cross the finish line was composed of Senior Master Sgt. Tiffany Lewandowski, 50th Operations Group first sergeant, Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Miller, 50th Mission Support Group first sergeant, Master Sgt. Zachary Parish, 50th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, and Master Sgt. Michael Kline, 50th Space Wing missions systems section chief.

Airman 1st Class Adrian Ordonez, 50th Comptroller squadron financial support technician, explained the race was fun and challenging at the same time.

"It was amazing, our first station was inside Building 210, and then we went to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, and then we got lost," Ordonez laughed. "My favorite part of the race was shooting toy guns. I learned it's not about the problem, but more so the attitude you have toward solving the problem."

Werner wanted to highlight his volunteers who made the event successful.
"We could not have done this without all of the volunteers. We had tons of volunteers show up, especially last minute," said Werner.

Werner also highlighted one volunteer, Capt. Collin Mcsorely, 2nd Space Operations Squadron.

"He just stood out in the middle of the cold by himself to divert teams to where they're supposed to go, and apparently he was just doing pushups and sit-ups to stay warm," shared Werner. "A lot of the teams were cold and a lot of the volunteers went through a lot. I can't thank them enough."

Werner wanted to encourage Team 5-0 to be sure to sign up for future chapel events such as the Amazing gRace.

"Every team said that they had an absolute blast," said Werner. "Participants told us this was way more fun and elaborate than they expected. If we do it again, you can expect the same, so don't miss out."

For more information on upcoming chapel events, or chapel services in general, contact 567-3705.

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