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Sports and Field Day proves a hit

It was a downright, all out, tug-of-war as competitors dug their heels in and pulled during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. Sports and Field Day featured 26 events including archery, darts, soccer, volleyball and flag football. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

It was a downright, all out, tug-of-war as competitors dug their heels in and pulled during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. Sports and Field Day featured 26 events including archery, darts, soccer, volleyball and flag football. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, the new 21st Space Wing vice commander, rides the Colorado Springs Police Department’s “Seat Belt Convincer” as volunteer Robert Scott looks on during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. The Seatbelt Convincer allows riders to experience force, up to five times their body weight, similar to that of a 5-7 mph crash. The machine was sponsored by the 21st SW Safety Office as part of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs now to Labor Day weekend in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, the new 21st Space Wing vice commander, rides the Colorado Springs Police Department’s “Seat Belt Convincer” as volunteer Robert Scott looks on during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. The Seatbelt Convincer allows riders to experience force, up to five times their body weight, similar to that of a 5-7 mph crash. The machine was sponsored by the 21st SW Safety Office as part of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs now to Labor Day weekend in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Debbie Jablinski, of the Global Strike Command’s Missile Engineers Squadron, uses a bridge to take her shot in the pool tournament during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. Sports and Field Day featured 26 events including archery, darts, soccer, volleyball and flag football. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Debbie Jablinski, of the Global Strike Command’s Missile Engineers Squadron, uses a bridge to take her shot in the pool tournament during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. Sports and Field Day featured 26 events including archery, darts, soccer, volleyball and flag football. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Scott Kawakami (left), Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Systems Center, records scores for Maj. John Huckstep (right), Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, during the Sports and Field Day archery competition on Peterson AFB June 9, 2001. Maj. Huckstep tied for first place with Staff Sgt. Christopher McDonald, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron unit safety representative, with 261 out of 300 possible points. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

Scott Kawakami (left), Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Systems Center, records scores for Maj. John Huckstep (right), Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, during the Sports and Field Day archery competition on Peterson AFB June 9, 2001. Maj. Huckstep tied for first place with Staff Sgt. Christopher McDonald, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron unit safety representative, with 261 out of 300 possible points. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

Scott Kawakami, Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Systems Center, prepares to take a shot from the 40 yard mark during the Sport and Field Day archery competition on Peterson Air Force Base June 9, 2011. The archery competition ended in a tie for first place between Maj. John Huckstep, Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, and Staff Sgt. Christopher McDonald, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron unit safety representative, each garnering 261 out of 300 possible points. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

Scott Kawakami, Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Systems Center, prepares to take a shot from the 40 yard mark during the Sport and Field Day archery competition on Peterson Air Force Base June 9, 2011. The archery competition ended in a tie for first place between Maj. John Huckstep, Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, and Staff Sgt. Christopher McDonald, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron unit safety representative, each garnering 261 out of 300 possible points. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Trottier, 21st Space Wing command chief, attempts to stay within the cones while wearing “Drunken Goggles” during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. The “drunken goggles” obstacle was sponsored by the 21st SW Safety Office as part of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs now to Labor Day weekend in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Trottier, 21st Space Wing command chief, attempts to stay within the cones while wearing “Drunken Goggles” during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day June 9, 2011. The “drunken goggles” obstacle was sponsored by the 21st SW Safety Office as part of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs now to Labor Day weekend in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

Volleyball was just one of 26 events held June 9, 2011, during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day. The annual event had squadrons and personnel going head-to-head in tug-of-war, swimming, poker, bowling and more organized by the 21st Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

Volleyball was just one of 26 events held June 9, 2011, during Peterson Air Force Base’s Sports and Field Day. The annual event had squadrons and personnel going head-to-head in tug-of-war, swimming, poker, bowling and more organized by the 21st Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It was a brisk morning June 9 as about 30 archers stepped up to the line to take aim at five targets from 20 to 40 yards.

"Fire when ready," shouted Staff Sgt. Christopher McDonald, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron and archery event organizer.

The swish of the arrows and the sound they made hitting the targets broke the silence as spectators watched the event next to the softball fields on Peterson Air Force Base.

An archery competition was just one of 26 events that brought out the inner competitor of Airmen and Department of Defense civilians across Peterson Air Force Base, which included the 21st Space Wing and all the base's mission partners. The annual Sports Day was hosted by the 21st Force Support Squadron.

Maureen Boynton, of the 544th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, was a little rusty on her archery and cheered when her arrows hit the life-size antelope target.

"This is fun," she said.

Over in Eagle Park, a party with food, music and games went on all day. About 70 bicyclists raced for 10 kilometers in a loop starting on Ent Avenue; tennis players fired aces at their opponents; and spectators oohed and awed as sprinters dashed down the track.

The 21st SW Safety Office had a little fun with their safety message too. They had folks wear "drunken goggles" - goggles with lenses that make a person see blurry and double - and ride a bike around some cones. Colorado Springs Police Department volunteer Robert Scott helped folks in and out of the "Seatbelt Convincer," which allows riders to experience force up to five times their body weight similar to that of a 5-7 mph crash.

"They might think 6 miles per hour is nothing, but, once they feel the impact - 6 miles per hour is something," said Mr. Scott, who has volunteered with the CSPD for 15 years.

The seatbelt machine was sponsored by the 21st SW Safety Office as part of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, which runs now to Labor Day weekend in September.

Later in the afternoon, teams tested their strength in a tug-of-war competition and enjoyed a free picnic and lots of give-aways. Some lucky folks went home with such prizes as three tandem hang gliding or paragliding flights valued at $175 each provided by U.S. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association and tickets to U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor, July 4-10 provided by TriWest.

"It was wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better day," said Dan Schofield, 21st FSS deputy director.

At the end of the day, participants gathered at The Club for awards. Col. Stephen N. Whiting, 21st SW commander, inducted Maj. James Bales, 21st FSS orthopedic surgeon currently on staff at the U.S. Air Force Academy Hospital, into the wing's "Ring of Fame" - a fitness center program recognizing outstanding wing athletes. Major Bales is U.S. Air Force Male Athlete of the Year for 2010 and is one of the military's elite athletes who are part of the two-year U.S.A.F. World Class Athlete Program, which allows him to train for the 2012 Olympic Trials and Olympic Games. He will compete in Brazil this summer.
"What a great day," Colonel Whiting, who played on the winning volleyball team, said at the awards presentation. He thanked the volunteers and event organizers and recognized squadron champs.

Winners included:
Small group
First - 544th Information Operations Group
Second - 13th Air Support Operations Squadron
Third - 76th Space Control Squadron

Medium group
First - 21st Operations Group/Operations Support Squadron
Second - 21st Contracting Squadron
Third - 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron

Large group
First - Team Colorado
Second - 21st SW Director of Staff
Third - NORAD/Northern Command

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