‘Wild Dogs’ go after trash

| January 28, 2011 | 1 Comment
Soldiers with the 3rd Platoon, “Wild Dogs,” 95th Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, adopted three miles of highway in Kaneohe, on the Likelike and Kahekili highways.

Soldiers with the 3rd Platoon, “Wild Dogs,” 95th Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, adopted three miles of highway in Kaneohe, on the Likelike and Kahekili highways.

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Thomas Bazemore
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 3rd Platoon, “Wild Dogs,” 95th Sapper Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, didn’t go to the beach on their four-day weekend, but instead, spent Jan. 14 picking up trash.

Meeting at their company area in the early morning, the 17 Soldiers drove to Kaneohe, on the windward side of Oahu. After arriving, they cleaned up the unit’s three Adopt-A-Highway miles on the Likelike and Kahekili highways.

“I’ve been trying to find a way for this platoon to give back to the community, and Adopt-A-Highway sounded like a great idea,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Wilson, 95th Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., who organized the entire event. “We were able to clean up the roads, but it really helped us bond as a platoon, as well. You can’t beat that; it’s a win-win.”

The platoon, along with family members, collected 20 bags of trash from the sides of the highways.
For some Soldiers, the Adopt-A-Highway event was their first introduction to their new platoon and their new community.

“I’m not sure when we will do it again, but I had a great time,” said Pvt. Matthew Charette, 95th Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “It’s all the way on the other side of the island, next to the Marines, so it’s good to get some representation from the Army over there.”

Two road signs designate 3rd Platoon’s area of responsibility.

Wilson hopes to make the trip with the platoon at least once a month to clean up the sections.
“Who knows, maybe next time we can have a barbecue on the beach and reward these Soldiers for taking their own time to do the right thing,” Wilson said.

The Adopt-A-Highway Program is overseen by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, the program encourages volunteers to pick up litter along the state’s highways.

Groups adopt a two-mile portion of a state highway for a minimum of two years and pick up litter on that highway at least four times a year.

DOT provides safety vests, trash bags, gloves and safety information. DOT crews will also pick up the bagged trash. The department also erects a sign to recognize the group’s efforts.

Visit www.hawaii.gov/dot or call 831-6815.

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Category: Army Community Covenant, Community, Sustainability

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  1. Thank you for helping to keep Hawaii beautiful.

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