Navy Clean-Up Project helps spruce up our town

Ann Cousineau

Navy Clean-Up Project helps spruce up our townA team of 23 military men spent four morning hours working in “US Navy Clean-Up Project 2013” on Saturday, Sept. 8, to help the community by cleaning up a portion of Ridgecrest.

The Maintenance Modification and Overhaul Detachment A unit, led by Officer in Charge Cdr. Brant Brockett, removed trash and other debris along China Lake Boule-vard, a bordering field and various places surrounding businesses in the area.

“We all work together as part of the Ridgecrest community, and we wanted to help,” said Brockett. “I organized this operation, initiated contact with Ryan Charlon of RidgeProject and we went from there.

“We consider this the first annual cleanup and hope to make this an annual event.

“There were 14 local Navy reservists on the team, and they were joined by other reservists who came from as far away as San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura and other Southern California cities.”

According to Brockett, RidgeProject helped the team by setting up a donated trash bin and getting trash bags and gloves. The project also helped get a discount for shirts that were made for the event. Waste Management donated the waste bin.

Volunteers participating in the Sept. 8 clean-up included AM2 Paul Alcantara, Capt. Karl Andina, Cdr. Kelvin Askew, Cdr. Brant Brockett, AS2 Preston Carlson, AC2 Rodney Chatman, AT2 Kenny Fischbach, AM1 Marcos Gonzalez, NDC Daniel Griffith, AE2 Chris-topher Hoyer, AM2 Daniel Johnson, ATC Mathias Litzinger, AM2 David Lupercio, Lt. Cdr. Matthew Macelt, LS1 Cynthia McCormick, AE3 Michael Miller, ET1 David Olson, AMEAN Mark Ortiz, AOC Ron Reed, AT2 Michael Riley, Lt. Cdr. Sean Stankowski, AD2 Israel Villasenor and CWO2 John Word.

Story First Published: 2013-09-18