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Military community keeps Marine Corps base installations clean on Earth Day

U.S. service members and their families pose for a group photo with collected trash near Camp Foster, April 20, 2019. The trash was collected in support of the Earth Day perimeter clean up hosted by Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)

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CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan–U.S. Marines assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler conducted a perimeter clean up on April 19, 2019.

“We hosted this clean up because we want to show that we care about this island, we have a great host nation and this is our way to give back the community,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lynette Marr-Gaye, sergeant major of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan.

Although this clean up was held in support of Earth day, the Single Marine Program hosts clean-ups every weekend to preserve Okinawa’s beauty.

“If you’re not busy on Saturdays, I would highly recommend you go out and give an hour of your time to clean up our base,” said U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sarah Stegall, a Combat Photographer with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. “This is our way to show our appreciation for Okinawa.”

For more information on volunteer events, contact your local Single Marine Program office.

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