USS George H.W. Bush Sailors Participate in Clean the Station Day
Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participated in Clean the Station Day on Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA), Oct. 4.
“We must take pride in the appearance and cleanliness of the base,” said Chief Yeoman Brad Long, event coordinator for George H.W. Bush. “This event gives everyone the chance to come together and keep our home port clean.”
Clean the Station Day is a semi-annual base-wide clean-up organized and led by Naval Station Special Operations Department. More than 400 Sailors from Bush were joined by both military and civilian personnel from tenant commands across the base to improve the installation’s overall cleanliness. Cleaning efforts focus on collecting trash, removing debris, sweeping, cleaning parking lots, and general landscaping.
“The event includes a foreign object debris (FOD) walk down for the base,” said Long. “Since most of the trash appears within the base’s parking lots, then that is where we focus our clean up.”
Clean the Station Day was instituted by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic to improve the cleanliness of naval installations around the area.
“It makes a big difference around here when everyone works together for one day to keep our base clean,” said Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Celeste Shields, assistant coordinator for the event.
While Clean the Station is only a three hour occasion, Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Williams says that it is enough time to make the base look better.
“It’s great to take a break away from our busy schedule, and do something that’s helpful to the base,” said Williams. “Also, I believe it’s our job to clean up the mess we make if we want to keep this place clean and beautiful.”
USS George H.W. Bush is in homeport conducting training operations in preparation for the upcoming underway schedule.
Press Release, October 07, 2013