Corps and JROTC partner for Waikiki Beach cleanup

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Over 20 volunteers from Punahou’s JROTC program help to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center in Waikiki for Earth Month. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Over 20 volunteers from Punahou’s JROTC program help to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center in Waikiki for Earth Month. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District Public Affairs
WAIKIKI — More than 40 volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with local JROTC students and others to clean up Waikiki Beach, April 11, as part of Earth Month 2015.

Over 20 volunteers from the Punahou Junior ROTC program (which includes cadets from other area high schools and some home-schooled students) joined over 20 Corps employees and their friends and families to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center (RVC) at Fort DeRussy, here.

Earth Month and Earth Day increase awareness and support for ongoing education and efforts to build partnerships and grassroots involvement to keep the ‘aina clean year-round.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn (center), Pacific Ocean Division commander, commends then poses with Lt. Col. Bob Takao (left), commander of Punahou’s JROTC program, and Angela Jones, Corps Park Ranger, for organizing and supporting the Earth Month cleanup. The Corps of Engineers partnered with Punahou’s JROTC to clean up the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn (center), Pacific Ocean Division commander, commends then poses with Lt. Col. Bob Takao (left), commander of Punahou’s JROTC program, and Angela Jones, Corps Park Ranger, for organizing and supporting the Earth Month cleanup.

The District was honored to have Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn, Pacific Ocean Division commander, and Debbie Milhorn, his spouse, join the efforts.

Milhorn thanked and presented commander’s coins to Corps Park Ranger Angela Jones for her outstanding efforts to organize this annual event, and to retired Lt. Col. Robert Takao, commander of the Punahou Junior ROTC program, for his long-term support.

Also leading the Corps’ efforts to protect the environment were Lt. Col. Chris Crary, Honolulu District commander, and Maria Crary, his spouse.

Earth Day was established March 21, 1970, as an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on the planet.

About Regional Visitor Center
The Corps’ RVC first opened its doors at Battery Randolph, at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki, in 1983. Its goal is to enhance the public’s understanding of the multidimensional role of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Particular emphasis is on Civil Works and water resources development, which affect the lives of all the residents of Hawaii and the people of the Pacific.
The RVC is located on the second floor of historic Battery Randolph, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is one of 16 coastal fortifications built by the Corps between 1906 and 1917 for the protection of Honolulu and Pearl harbors.
For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, call 438-2815 or visit www.poh.usace.army.mil.

Volunteers from Punahou’s JROTC program team up with members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up Waikiki Beach for Earth Month.

Volunteers from Punahou’s JROTC program team up with members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up Waikiki Beach for Earth Month.

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