By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Hawkins, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. — Sailors assigned to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, NBK Bremerton, and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport participated in base clean up efforts in support of Earth Day, April 25.
More than 150 active duty service members, Department of Defense civilian employees, and reservists picked up trash, removed undesired vegetation, and laid down bark as part of beautification efforts on the three bases.
“We do this base clean up twice a year and always we get a huge turn out for Earth Day,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Cory K. Johnson, event co-coordinator. “The Navy is moving towards becoming more ‘ green’. Events like this are how the everyday Sailor can help make that goal a reality.”
Along with the removal of trash, Sailors also did landscaping, swept streets, and planted new trees.
“It’s significant for us to do our part to maintain the cleanliness of not just the base but the local community as well,” said Chief Personnel Specialist James B. Coburn. “Everyday is Earth Day in the Pacific Northwest and it’s important to us to keep our state clean.”
In total, more than 1,000 pounds of trash was removed from the three bases.
“The base clean ups are an excellent example of our Navy Core Values,” said Johnson. “We are honoring the local community by doing our part to keep the area clean, the Navy has the courage to lead the efforts to switching to a ‘green’ service, and we have the commitment to continue to be good stewards of the environment.”
Navy and Marine Corps commands worldwide celebrate Earth Day on the official date of April 22 and throughout the months of April and May. Earth Day allows team building across commands, military services and government agencies, and the local communities.