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NEWS | June 25, 2024

Fort Barfoot leadership joins Fort Gregg-Adams cleanup effort 

By Ericka Gillespie | Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

Fort Barfoot garrison leadership joined Soldiers, Marines and civilians in a joint environmental cleanup June 12, 2024, at Fort Gregg-Adams, Virginia. 

Col. James C. Shaver Jr., the Fort Barfoot garrison commander, Michael Alder, the Fort Barfoot garrison deputy commander, Maj. James Wells, the Fort Barfoot garrison executive officer joined Col. James D. Holman, the Fort Gregg-Adams garrison commander, and other volunteers for the clean-up effort. 

Fort Gregg-Adams Directorate of Public Work’s Environmental Management Division hosted the event. Efforts were focused on the Training Area 14 section of the installation.

“The trash found in Training Area 14 will eventually make its way into the Chesapeake Bay,” said Directorate of Public Works wildlife biologist Shannon Scully. “It’s important for us to monitor and protect this area from becoming polluted.”

The specific forested area was chosen because it sits in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area of the installation that is behind on-post housing. 

The cleanup effort was a part of the Army’s Clean the Bay Program. Throughout the years, service members and civilians taking part in the Clean the Bay Program have made significant contributions to cleaner rivers and streams and a healthier Chesapeake Bay. In 2022, more than 1,000 DoD volunteers at 27 military installations cleaned up nearly 22,500 pounds of trash.

“Events like today are what allow our installations to come together in one combined effort to make one big positive impact,” said Shaver.

In total, volunteers collected one tricycle, a washing machine, a full bed frame, a kiddie pool, three pallets, three recycle bins, four tires, eight chairs, 20 golf balls, 30 bags of trash and several other miscellaneous pieces of debris.

Once all the trash was collected, select Marines and civilians were presented with garrison commander coins of excellence for their outstanding efforts during the joint environmental cleanup.

“What you all do, whether here today or in your everyday lives, truly makes a difference,” said Hoyman. “It starts with you and your positive actions.”

Among those awarded were two Marines, Pfc. Papillion and Pfc. Gehringer, and two members from the Environmental Management Division: John Allen, natural resource manager, and Shannon Scully, wildlife biologist.

“On behalf of DPW’s Environmental Management Division, we want to thank everyone who came out to volunteer in today’s joint efforts,” said Scully. “All this wouldn’t be possible without all of you!”

To learn more about the Army Clean the Bay Program, visit https://www.denix.osd.mil/chesapeake/dod-cbp-stewardship/clean/

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