Submarine Sailors Participate in Namesake Community Project
NORFOLK, Va. – Sailors onboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) recently participated in a Celebrate Trees project with their namesake city of Norfolk, Va. The community partnership, an environmental initiative of Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim, enables businesses and residents to celebrate and grow the city’s tree canopy.
“I met with Mayor Fraim last year to rekindle the relationship with our namesake city,” said Cmdr. Douglas Jordan, commanding officer of USS Norfolk. “Since then, the city has reached out to my crew and their families on several occasions to express their appreciation for our military service. On a recent deployment the city sponsored events for our families with the Norfolk Admirals, the Norfolk Tides, The Tattoo and the circus. The Celebrate Trees program was our chance to give a little back to the city and we’re excited to be part of it.”
Eighteen USS Norfolk Sailors participated in Monday’s event, pruning crape myrtle trees throughout the downtown area.
“I grew up on a farm, so I’m used to this type of work,” said Torpedoman’s Mate Fireman Charles T. Pike, a native of Campbellsville, Ky. “I was also a scout, so any kind of volunteer work is natural for me. A lot of times, if there aren’t volunteers to take care of our city’s environment, it wouldn’t get done.”
Sonar Technician 2nd Class (Submarines) Delmar B. Temple concurred with Pike’s view on volunteering in the local community.
“I helped Habitat with Humanity before I came in the Navy and while at the submarine school in Groton, Conn.” said the Raleigh, N.C. native. “Even though we may only be stationed here for a short time, we still live here, too. Not only can we serve our country, but also our community, and that is the submariner way.”
The Celebrate Trees program developed by Mayor Fraim for Norfolk was adopted and inspired by a tree-planting initiative in Norfolk’s sister city, Kitakyushu, Japan. With help from volunteers like the USS Norfolk Sailors, Mayor Fraim is hopeful of increasing Norfolk’s tree canopy from 33 percent to 40 percent in the coming years. Amongst many benefits of increasing the tree canopy will be a reduction of air pollution, improvement of water quality, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitats and lowering city temperatures.
“We are actively working with the mayor’s staff in identifying other opportunities for Norfolk Sailors to give back to the community,” said Jordan. “My Sailors and I are extremely proud to call Norfolk our namesake city. The fact that we are stationed here and that many of my men live with the city limits means we have a personal stake I doing our part to making Norfolk a better place to live and work.”
101129-N-7179M-007 (Nov. 29, 2010) NORFOLK - Torpedoman's Mate Fireman Charles T. Pike, a native of Campbellsville, Ky., prunes a crape myrtle tree in downtown Norfolk, Va. Pike along with 17 other Sailors from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) participated in a Celebrate Trees community relations project in their namesake city. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris)
101129-N-7179M-011 (Nov. 29, 2010) NORFOLK - Sonar Technician 2nd Class Petty Officer (Submarines) Delmar B. Temple, piles debris from pruning crape myrtle tree in downtown Norfolk, Va. The Raleigh, N.C.-native along with 17 other Sailors from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) participated in a Celebrate Trees community relations project in their namesake city. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris)