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Marines with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, break down a wooden crate as they prepare to properly dispose of it, aboard the base during the annual Earth Day Clean-Up, May 24. The clean-up was in preparation for the upcoming destructive weather season that hits North Carolina every year.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera

Camp Lejeune conducts Earth Day Clean-Up

23 May 2011 | Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera

Marines from Headquarters and Support Battalion took to the streets from May 22 to 24 during Earth Day Clean-Up in an effort to beautify and protect the base.

The operation was in preparation for the upcoming destructive weather season that hits North Carolina every year. During the three days of police calling, the Marines of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, ensured the area from McHugh Boulevard to Snead’s Ferry Road and from Cross Street to Duncan Street. as well as the Wallace Creek Greenway Trail were free of debris, be it big or small. Other major commands from Camp Lejeune also participated in other clean-up efforts throughout the base.

“We’re also tasked with the Wallace Creek Greenway Trail near Marston Pavilion,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Guichardo, the logistics chief with HQSPTBN, MCB Camp Lejeune.

Marines picked up anything that would be considered a safety hazard, which included, large branches, trash, wood, concrete, wooden pallets and other trash.

Environmental clean-up efforts like Earth Day Clean-Up reduce the environmental impact that loose debris can have should a hurricane roll through Camp Lejeune.

“It’s extremely important for us to make sure that with destructive weather we have no debris laying around,” said Guichardo. “It can cause harm to vehicles, buildings and people and with us, the safety of the people who live and work aboard the base is very important.”