25th CAB aids North Shore neighbors with clean up effort

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Several 25th CAB Soldiers and their families pick up trash and debris along Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach Park as part of a North Shore community beach clean up, Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Several 25th CAB Soldiers and their families pick up trash and debris along Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach Park as part of a North Shore community beach clean up, Saturday.

Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD – More than 20 Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers and family members came out to Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach to support the North Shore neighborhood’s beach clean up, Saturday. The Soldiers and their families walked along Haleiwa Harbor toward Kaiaka Beach Park, picking up debris and rubbish that lay on the beach or within the vicinity of the beach.

“The community members had a very positive outlook,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Margerita Jones, an F Troop, 2-6 Cav. ground maintenance officer. “A couple of the ladies told us that the Army is always volunteering, and they like that we take the time to help the community. We were greeted as soon as we hit the ground here. It was warm and they were happy to see us.”

Several of the Soldiers took an opportunity to explain to their family members the importance of giving back and taking care of the environment.

“As we walked along picking up garbage, we explained to our son the importance of keeping the beach and ocean clean,” said Jones. “There are a lot of turtles that feel safe to come on the beach, we want to keep it that way.”

Volunteers gather after cleanup.

Volunteers gather after cleanup.

The 25th CAB strives to remain involved in the community through neighborhood boards and other community projects.

“We serve the people of the United States,” said Spc. Kevin Pagan, a D Co., 3-25th Avn. Black Hawk mechanic. “The Army Values say selfless service, and this is something where we can truly show up and give back to our community.”

Knowing that aircraft noise on Hawaii can bring some negative attention from the communities, the 25th CAB Soldiers wanted to ensure the community members know they are always here to help.

“We set a good example,” said Jones. “There are a lot of bad things that people relate to us. So it was good for us to come out and continue to set a positive image.”

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