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