Color enemy's clothing at VAFB paintball field

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  • By A1C Jennifer Jackson
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Vance Air Force Base has a new addition on the base.
The OK Corral Paintball Field has been open since September, but kicks off its official grand opening Saturday.
"The paintball field has been open for a few weeks with a good turn out," said SSgt Kevin Hurley, 71st Logistics Readiness Squadron.
He points out many people have come and tried the sport out, and many have returned to play again.
The field was completed with much help from those on base, including Sergeant Hurley who helped with designing the field and getting it up and running. Sergeant Hurley also volunteered to work at the field for its first few weekends. He has been in contact with other bases, as he helped with the design, and found a lot of the paintball fields at other Air Force bases have closed.
"Military members should enjoy having the field here since there's not many of them Air Force wide, and come out to play while they are stationed here at Vance AFB," Sergeant Hurley said.
2nd Lt Jason Fullmer, 71st Flying Training Wing legal office, arrived at Vance AFB in August. He jumped right in and got involved with the paintball field. He has played for several years and has a passion for the sport. He's even been featured in a paintballing magazine.
Lieutenant Fullmer was thrilled the base was opening a field and didn't hesitate to help refine it with donations of supplies and other additions. He also gives up his free time on weekends to help run the field.
Paintballing is a safe sport when the necessary gear is used, which is mainly just a face mask. The sport can be arranged in groups here on base or just join in and play with the crowd on the weekend.
"It's a great thing for children to come out and play with their parents or family members," Lieutenant Fullmer said. "It's also fun to bring out those from the office to play, after all it's not every day you can shoot at your boss."
The OK Corral Paintball Field offers the three-man tournament this weekend. Prizes will be awarded and hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for a nominal price. The money collected from the charge of playing or purchasing food will return to the field. It covers maintenance and regular upkeep, along with air to fill the gas cartridges that power the guns. The money will also be used to improve the field as it grows from success. Lieutenant Fullmer hopes this event will bring a big turn out; people can come see some of the newer additions, compete for prizes and grab a bite to eat afterwards.
Anyone interested in playing in the tournament can call Lieutenant Fullmer for details or show up at 1 p.m. Saturday at the field. The cost is $30 for three people. Anyone ages 10 and older can play, however ages 10 to 13 must have an adult present to play.