SAN DIEGO – First Class Petty Officers from Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) helped keep San Diego highways clean by picking up trash along a one-mile stretch of interstate 5 between Coronado Ave., and Iris Ave., in Imperial Beach, Calif.
They took responsibility for the cleanliness of the area in May 2004 as part of California’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The program was established in 1989 by the California Department of Transportation to provide cleaner highways and save California taxpayers an estimated 14.5 million dollars per year.
“This program gives the First Classes the opportunity to show their pride and support in this beautiful state by caring for the environment,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Onika Moat, President of the CNSF First Class Petty Officer Association.
The group collected bags of trash that had been discarded on the side of the highway since last month when they cleaned the area.
“Volunteer projects like this are important because in order for things to happen, people need to take responsibility and do them. This is an outward display of that,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Jamaal Webb.
The first classes clean this stretch of highway every month. At their last clean up, they collected five bags of trash.
The first classes also coordinate various family events for CNSF staff members and their families to include: bring your kids to work day, a health and wellness fair and they assist in the execution of the annual family picnic and the annual CNSF children’s holiday party.
“This is an outward display of pride that we have in our community. Even more so, it is a great representation of the character of the Navy and its personnel,” said Webb.
The first class association also has plans to get involved more in the local community by adopting a local school where they will provide their time to volunteer in the classrooms as well as tutor students.