Spangdahlem’s SciFi Con needs participation

by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — A free science fiction convention takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Club Eifel here.

The base SciFi Con will allow people interested in science fiction in any form of media a chance to meet, greet and share their enthusiasm.

This convention will include role-playing and computer game demonstrations, people in costumes, prizes and giveaways, and other activities.

“My motto has always been, ‘Go big or go home,’” said Jarrod Garceau, 52nd Force Support Squadron and event coordinator. “I’m going to do everything in my power to make this a huge success.”

This is Garceau’s 10th such event at Spangdahlem, with his most recent being Comic Con earlier this year and a “Star Wars” convention in 2011. Both events had more than 600 people attend, and he anticipates more for SciFi Con since the convention encompasses all aspects of science fiction and fantasy.

“It’s a wonderful program,” he continued. “There’s nothing like it in the rest of the Air Force. Spangdahlem is special — no other base has events like these.”

Garceau said he intends to organize the event much like his previous ones, where he awards custom-made coins for the attendees who show up first and announces prizes throughout the day. However, for this convention, there may be a surprise or two.

Garceau has invited 29 SciFi celebrities — actors, artists and directors — to the event, and most have answered saying they are interested in touring this area of Europe. The final list of guests is being withheld until confirmation of their visit.
Other confirmed guests will include members of the 501st Legion, a worldwide “Star Wars” costume organization, and Act Eifel, the base’s premiere theater group.

“I highly recommend going to the SciFi convention,” said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Graham, 606th Air Control Squadron assistant NCO in charge data maintenance and attendee of other Spangdahlem conventions. “I can pretty much guarantee that it will be a hit.”

Graham said he enjoys the atmosphere of conventions and the ability to connect with people of similar interests. The attendees share a certain sense of camaraderie in these types of venues.

The date for the SciFi Con is more than three months away, but Garceau said he needs volunteers and additional coordinators now to ensure the venue is as successful as it can be.

To volunteer for the event, email Garceau directly at

People may also RSVP by visiting the SciFi Con Facebook page at

Garceau said that there may be more prizes and funding as more people RSVP.