Going for the goal

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  • By Senior Airman Mary O'Dell
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
The Fairchild Air Force Base soccer team recently participated in their first tournament, the annual Spokane Cup, against other teams throughout Spokane.

Since June, 2nd Lt. Aaron Howerton, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron project programmer, has been able to share his passion for playing soccer with a group of 18 gentlemen, all from different career fields.

The team was originally "started" several years ago, but it wasn't until now that the team became a structured organization with signed by-laws.

"It just took some planning and team meetings to get the team established with a good foundation," said Howerton, team president. "From there, with the support of the base, everything just came together."

The team plays in the Spokane Men's Open Division with games most Sundays, with the season starting in the Spring and ending in late October.

Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week at 5 p.m. next to the new wing annex building, Bldg. 2185.

Howerton said the biggest challenges they face are dealing with members changing duty stations, deploying and even work schedules and finances.

"The best way for us to overcome these challenges is communication," said Howerton. "We constantly let each other know when we'll miss games or practices, or even when to plan for upcoming expenses."

Anyone who is interested in being part of a competitive soccer team that likes to have fun is encouraged to come out and play, even if competing in the leagues and tournaments isn't an option.

"Our primary goal is to establish ourselves as the Fairchild AFB men's soccer team with a core group of guys dedicated to help make this team successful," Howerton said. "Winning games is obviously a close second."

The team is also looking for a volunteer to coach the team.

For more information contact Howerton at (509) 247-3067.