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NMCB 4 Helps Keep Guam's Environment Clean

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070605-07
Release Date: 6/5/2007 11:25:00 AM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Steve Bansbach, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Guam Public Affairs

CAMP COVINGTON, Guam (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 participated in a local aluminum can recycling drive with Harry S. Truman School in Guam on May 12.

The Truman school had been collecting and saving aluminum cans for just over two weeks, and asked NMCB 4 to help them transport the cans to a local recycling center.

"The Seabees have been partners with the school for a long time," Rebecca North, a member of the recycling team, said. "They have always been there for us fixing things, painting and tutoring. They are there for us and we love it."

Ready with a large tactical cargo truck, four second class petty officers headed out to the school to help out.

"The school had been collecting the cans for awhile," Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Angela Kennedy said. "We gathered up all the cans and loaded them up onto the truck, and took them to the recycling center."

"The group was really a fun bunch," North said. "They had fun helping us out."

The Truman school held this drive to raise awareness for the students showing them that by making a conscious effort they can keep recyclables out of their landfills, while raising money for books and other school activities. The class that brought in the most cans won a pizza party.

NMCB 4 transported more than 1,000 pounds of recyclable material, helping the school earn just under $400. The money raised from this project will go towards school activities this year.

"We have a lot of respect and admiration for the Seabees. They are always willing to come out and help us accomplish things that we would not be able to accomplish on our own," North noted.

This is the third community relations project that NMCB 4 has helped with and there are ongoing projects with the school, improving the military ties with the local community.

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