Airmen visit the hill to clean up garbage for Earth Day | New
HILL AIR FORCE BASE – Dressed in civilian clothes and with trash bags in hand, two visiting Airmen at Hill Air Force Base celebrated Earth Day last week by beautifying some of the areas around the Hill trails.
Senior Airman Kevin Alvaran and Senior Airman Craig Sarnak, both assigned to the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hollman AFB, NM, met for a few hours on April 22 to pick up trash and debris.
The Airmen were temporarily at Hill AFB as part of a movement restriction program that prevents members of the deployed service from coming into contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19.
While they did not seek recognition for their actions, the Airmen ‘s efforts to care for Mother Earth unexpectedly caught the attention of key leaders in the air base wing.
Col. Jenise Carroll, 75th Air Base Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Walker, ABW’s 75th command chief, was passing by when they noticed the airmen crossing a road carrying garbage bags.
Walker said it sounded “out of the ordinary” so they looped around to meet the airmen walking in a parking lot near the base’s temporary accommodation.
After finding out what they had done and that they were TDY from Holloman AFB doing their ROM at Hill before a deployment, the two leaders visited and thanked the Airmen for their efforts.
Walker was so impressed that he emailed their leaders at Holloman to let them know what had happened.
“I can think of a lot of other things they could have done besides cleaning up a base they aren’t even assigned to and wanted to make sure you know how amazing your Airmen are,” wrote Walker. “It was one of those moments that allows you to step back, reflect and truly appreciate the exceptional Airmen we serve with.”
News of the Airmen’s clean-up efforts also made its way to the inbox of Air Force Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass, the service’s first enlisted chief.
“This is another example of how our airmen never cease to amaze me. There is a lot of good out there and by highlighting those things it makes others want to do well too, ”she wrote in an email.