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Commander, Navy Region Southwest

Volunteerism continues outside the gate at Naval Base San Diego

By Lt. Lenaya Rotklein, Naval Base San Diego Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO-- More than 300 Sailors, family members, and members of the community teamed up Dec. 10 for Naval Base San Diego’s (NBSD) bi-annual Main Street Clean Up.

This is the 17th year the base has hosted the event. More than 20 commands joined together to enhance the appearance of the surrounding community.

The event kicked off with National City Mayor, Ron Morrison who said, “It [Main Street Clean Up] shows that whether it is inside the gate [of NBSD] or outside the gate, we are all one team- that’s what’s really important.”

Also in attendance was David Alvarez San Diego City Council District 8, “We are really lucky in San Diego to have you [U.S. Navy] here and today you are really going above and beyond. We don’t expect you to do this but we really thank you for doing this.”

More than 5,000 pounds of trash was collected from Main Street from Yama Street to 28th Street and the on and off ramps to the Interstate 5. The next Main Street Clean Up event will occur June 2012.

"This is a terrific opportunity for the men and women of Naval Base San Diego to further show their selfless service by partnering with our surrounding cities and really demonstrate who we are- a Global force for Green,” said NBSD Commanding Officer, Capt. Winton Smith.

“We don’t just come here to work. We are members of the community too and it’s important that our streets look nice,” said Master-at-Arms Second Class, Matthew Brooks, a volunteer at the event.

The Main Street Clean Up is one of many ways NBSD has proven to be good stewards of the environment. NBSD was awarded the 2011 Presidential GreenGov Award for the category “Building the Future” for its efforts to improve the environment.

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