VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Soldiers, Sailors and Marines at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story participated in an environmental project to help preserve the installation's sand dunes, Jan. 14 and 16.
More than 300 Christmas trees were donated and used to repair the landscape of the beach.
Volunteers transported the recycled Christmas trees to the beach and built up the dunes to protect the roads and housing on base from heavy winds and other extreme weather conditions.
"The trees are placed on the dunes to capture the sand and rebuild the storm-damaged areas," said Roger White, the lead environmental protection specialist on JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. "With the trees in place, the dunes take the brunt of the storm and protect the infrastructure of the base."
For the past six years, service members have taken pride in volunteering to help preserve their environment and community while supporting the mission of the base.
"It feels good knowing that you are out here doing stuff for the community," said Army Pfc. Omogbolahan Jokomba, assigned to the 368th Seaport Operation Company (SOC). "You're doing it basically not for yourself, but for the people that live in the environment and for your fellow Soldiers. It feels awesome."
An increased interest in the recycling and preservation project allowed volunteers the opportunity to reach out and get involved with their community.
First-time volunteer Army Pfc. Christopher Hardin, assigned to the 368th SOC, was eager to get out into the community and meet new people.
"This is a great chance to get into volunteering," said Hardin. "It feels nice to help out and do something good for people and the environment. I'm glad to be here."