Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) did their part in keeping King George County clean when they cleaned up trash along a two-mile stretch on Route 301, south of King George Mini Storage on April 28.
ATRC adopted part of Route 301 in March as part of Virginia's Adopt-A-Highway Program, which was established in 1988 and is one of the largest programs in the country.
Fire Controlman 1st Class James Navarro, a maintenance work center supervisor for ATRC's training support directorate, took part in ATRC's first cleanup effort.
"My wife and I wanted to give back to the community," Navarro explained. "This effort did not take much time at all and we were able to give back to the environment as well."
In just two hours, nine Sailors and their family members collected ten bags of trash.
"We will clean this part of Route 301 every two months," Navarro said. "We hope to have more Sailors involved at the next cleanup. Gloves and vests are provided. Transportation is made available to and from the start location. All you have to bring is yourself."
In addition to the Adopt-A-Highway program, ATRC has been involved in a number of service related projects including Mary's Shelter, Caledon cleanup, Veterans Home, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, King George Fire Department, and Special Olympics. Their 2012 goal is to volunteer 10,000 hours.