POULSBO, Wash. (NNS) -- More than 50 Sailors from USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) (Gold) volunteered to clean up a two-mile stretch of "adopted" Highway 3 in Poulsbo as part of Washington's Adopt-a-Highway program June 22.
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (SS) James Miller, the ship's Adopt-a-Highway program coordinator conducted, a safety brief to the crew before proceeding to the clean up site.
"We are doing this to help keep the community clean and show that we care about our environment," said Miller. "I enjoy being able to give back to the community for their endless support they have shown us."
The team of volunteers bagged cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and every type of litter that had been discarded on the freeway.
"I am proud of the crew for being involved with public services and it is a way to show the community we appreciate their tremendous support," said Cmdr. Dan Arensmeyer, Jackson commanding officer. "The crew has been involved for quite a number of years and we want to continue to carry the tradition by continuing to participate with events like these."
The Adopt-a-Highway program is an anti-litter and roadside clean up campaign intended to promote pride and local ownership in Washington State. Signs are located on roadways throughout the state and are used to recognize the many volunteers, who spend time picking up litter on the roadside.
For most of the Sailors participating, the Adopt-a-Highway program was a positive way give back to the community.
"By adopting a highway, we show the pride we take for being part of the community and how our organization cares about taking care of the planet," said Chief Missile Technician (SS) Barry Young, Weapons Department enlisted advisor. "We enjoy being out here as a team and making a difference through events like these."
For other Sailors, this community event was a way to build camaraderie with the crew.
"I enjoy being able to be part of a crew that continues to be involved with the community and it establishes teamwork," said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (SS) Michael Schetter. "We have fun while we are doing something positive and it is a way to remind others not to litter."
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