SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) participated in a beach clean-up at Mission Beach in San Diego, April 3.
The event was sponsored by Makin Island's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Chapter.
"Community service is very important," said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Suzette Prado, CSADD liaison. "Our main focus is to get more of our Sailors out to these volunteer events and to establish a good relationship and positive presence within the community."
The group spent three hours walking the beach collecting and disposing trash within the area. Many of the Sailors were thanked by people walking along the beach and sidewalk for their service and efforts.
"The best part of the beach clean up was being recognized by the civilians for our efforts in trying to keep the community clean," said Prado.
Community service is important to Makin Island, and CSADD is one of the key organizations onboard that caters to the community.
"CSADD is currently planning on having an event each week for Sailors to be more involved in the community," said Prado. "This is important because it gives Sailors an opportunity to veer away from destructive decisions and make positive changes in the community. It also gives Sailors a sense of pride knowing that they were involved in something that was beneficial to the city of San Diego."
Leadership at all levels aboard Makin Island work to inspire Sailors to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. The ship's commitment to the San Diego community, as well as other initiatives that seek to improve people's lives is key to making a difference.
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