30th Force Support Squadron exemplifies reason for Intramurals

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE, Calif. -- At work the 30th Force Support Squadron takes being successful very seriously. They spend their day supporting Airmen's needs from I.D. cards to promotion update and many other mission essential tasks. At night however, they participate in intramural softball, where success is not measured by the win-loss column, but the camaraderie that is gained on the field.

"It is not about winning for us," said Timothy Klinednst, who works in the 30th FSS personnel relocation flight and the team coach. "We just like to get away from the office and have fun getting to know each other away from work."

The 1-5 team, which goes by the self titled "Team Us," plays during the Tuesday/Thursday league through the base fitness center. Although the team has not got off to a great start, they are optimistic that they will turn things around.

"We will probably be going to two-a-days soon," said Jon Stimpson, a 30th FSS personnel apprentice and assistant coach. "We are working to be able to fill out an entire roster with consistent players, as we speak. That will get us moving in the right direction."

Being able to pinpoint problems is a big reason that the team looks forward to the second season.

"We have been in situations lately where our players haven't been able to be where the ball lands-we are working on that," Stimpson said.

"Team Us" has had some success against a couple of opponents.

"Our one win was against another squadron's B-Team," Klinednst said. "That's OK though. We are a B team, we just haven't fielded our A team yet."

The teams self-proclaimed best showing came in a game that they were forced to forfeit due to a lack of players.

"That was probably our best game," said Stimpson. "We probably won, but nobody was keeping score."

In the mean time, the team is working on stepping up their on-the-field performance. In fact, these 30th FSS professionals have a message to fellow competitors: "Team Us is coming for you."

Regardless of the outcome of the season, the team captures the true meaning of intramural sports. Working in a wing that has such a vital role in the Global War on Terror can be a hectic lifestyle. Intramural sports can be a great way to release stress and have fun with other Airmen around the base. If you are interested in participating in upcoming intramural activities call the fitness center at 606-3832.