MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
For the past week various units aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, have been doing their part to celebrate Earth Day.
On April 19, Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group made Earth a little greener by picking up trash and recyclables. The clean-up is art of Earth Day Clean-up a base-wide operation where each unit focuses on cleaning up their living and working spaces.
“We’re cleaning up all our areas of responsibility,” said Gunnery Sgt. Vestal Hensley, the environmental compliance coordinator for 2nd Marine Logistics Group. “Our areas include French Creek and all the shops, work areas, motor pools and barracks that are within its boundaries.”
The Marines broke off into groups, some tackling the barracks grounds and others trudging through dense shrubbery to pick up trash not normally seen from the road. They also removed solid waste, paper, wood, brick and countless other discarded items in an attempt to beautify Camp Lejeune.
“Our unit has been out here since eight this morning,” said Cpl. Chelsea Movilla-Diago, data network specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 25. “I think it’s good and something that needs to be done.”
Hensley said he hoped the Marines learned a lot during the clean-up effort and the importance of making a daily activity not just a once-a-year observance.
“This is something that should be year long, not just one day or week,” said Hensley. “With all the trash that’s thrown around people should know that it will eventually be picked up.”