Eighteen USS Decatur (DDG 73) Sailors from the Sailor 360 program supported the Clean and Green River Cleanup: Mission Valley East on May 19.
They volunteered their mornings in a community relations (COMREL) event to assist the San Diego River Park Foundation’s mission to improve the health of the San Diego River and create a better quality of life for our community.
“We are fortunate to have opportunities like this,” said FCAC McMahan, “We were able to work together as a team in the community to serve a good purpose and make a difference. I think the “Clean and Green River clean up” is an awesome idea to make our community a better place, and I was extremely happy to know that Team Decatur could be a part of that.”
Each year, San Diego River Park Foundation volunteers remove more than 200,000 pounds of trash from San Diego’s namesake river, and native animal habitats, preventing unsightly piles in parks and public spaces, and reducing contaminants in the water, and down river in the ocean and beaches.
Because this event was organized under Sailor 360, an umbrella term for innovative, creative, command-developed leadership programs, the morning drew a wide range of sailors from the Decatur.
“The best part of the volunteer event was that this is a way for our Sailors from the Wardroom, Chief’s Mess, Future Chief’s and Junior Enlisted Association to work together off-ship doing positive work for our community,” said STG1 Green. “Bridging the gap between each of Decatur’s messes by teaching and learning from each other is a great way to make not only our ship, but also the Navy better.”
“The COMREL was a good way for us to get out of the working environment to have that bond up and down the ranks by doing something positive together,” said LS2 Duke.
The event left the Mission Valley riverside cleaner, safer, and better prepared to serve the city of San Diego.
To learn more about Sailor 360, visit: http://www.navy.mil/strategic/LayingTheKeel.pdf
To learn more about San Diego River cleanup efforts, visit: http://www.sandiegoriver.org/our_work.html