USS Gridley, San Diego – Twenty members from USS Gridley’s First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) took a few hours out of their busy schedules to keep the community clean by picking up trash along a one-mile stretch of beach in Coronado, CA on June 21st.
Twenty First Classes and three Chief Petty Officers cleaned over a mile of shoreline and picked up 5 large bags worth of trash. The FCPOA organization took responsibility for cleanliness of the area in June as part of California's Adopt-A-Beach program, a statewide program funded by the California Coastal Commission. The FCPOA plans to clean the beach once a month.
Gridley’s FCPOA has several activities planned in the near future. “Although we’re preparing for a busy ship yard period, it’s still important to set a good example for our junior Sailors and help the community through these types of events. As First Class Petty Officers, we want to project a positive leadership image for USS Gridley and the Navy. This is just the beginning of many great things to come,” said Master-At-Arms 1st Class (SW/EXW) Ruben Gutierrez, the ship’s Chief Master-At-Arms.
Gridley returned from a sixth month deployment to Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility in February and is currently preparing to enter a scheduled maintenance period.