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Ensuring our crown jewel shines

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- As the world recognized Earth Day yesterday for the 40th year, it's a perfect time to to turn our thoughts to the environment and take a moment to reflect. It's no secret to those of us living in Florida, we're blessed to be able to serve our nation in such a beautiful setting.

While the winter has been a little colder than normal, most of the time we are able to enjoy the natural wonders that surround us. But even as we enjoy where we live, it's important to always be mindful of how we impact the environment - both on and off duty.

Before carelessly discarding that soda can or potato chip bag, think to yourself, where does it go?

Anyone who participated in the "Trash Bash" on Saturday along our beaches can offer at least one answer: washed up on the beach or found in the sand. Thanks to each of you who gave your time to make our beaches a better place - we will all benefit from your dedication!

While we're proud to report that nearly 80 volunteers removed three tons of refuse from our beach this past Saturday during our the Trash Bash, wouldn't it be better if the volunteers showed up and had nothing to remove! I realize this goal won't happen overnight, but let's do our part.

Another opportunity is right around the corner. Let's get as many volunteers as possible to support the cleanup at Cape Canaveral scheduled for Thursday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have been described as one of our Air Force's "crown jewels." Let's keep them shining!