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Team Andresen celebrates the day of love

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen celebrated Valentine's Day with several activities across the base Feb. 14.

The day began with the Valentine's Day 5K, where about 50 Team Andersen members participated. The run wasn't just limited to Airmen, though. Children of all ages took part in the event.

"Running 5Ks with my family helps my 2 year old stay active, which is especially important while they're young and growing," said Tech. Sgt. Maxwell Pontenila, 36th Force Support Squadron fitness director. "[It] helps her develop good fitness habits, and I like 5Ks because it's a great way to get the community to do something fun that also provides the participants with health benefits."

While some Team Andersen members were busy running, the base's floral shop was busy delivering orders. Petal and Blooms delivered about 250 orders on Feb. 13 and 14. Because the store was so busy, management enlisted the help of Airmen to ensure the Valentine's Day gifts made it to their recipients.

"Service to the military is my goal," said Priscilla Kissell, Petal and Bloom's owner and manager. "They go on deployments, many of them ordering flowers for every holiday or anniversary they will miss, especially Valentine's Day. You can hear over the phone that they miss their families. The least I can do is provide this service and make sure it is done right. We always deliver orders for free for those members who are deployed."

The Andersen arts and crafts center also got in on the Valentine's Day activities by having flowers available for sale.

"We wanted to be another outlet for last-minute shoppers on Andersen," said Nuttiya Jitsoontorn, 36th FSS recreation assistant. "We figured that the flower shop on base would sell out of roses, so we decided to sell roses as our flower this year."