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Team Kirtland cleans up for Earth Day

Team Kirtland members pose for a photo.

Members of Team Kirtland pose for a group photo during basewide Earth Day activities on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, April 22, 2021. To celebrate Earth Day, several members of Team Kirtland volunteered to clean-up various areas around base housing and the elementary school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

An Airman poses on Earth Day.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cierra Alsay-Mathews, Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center executive admin., poses with litter collected in base housing during an Earth Day cleanup on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, April 22, 2021. During the cleanup, more than 40 bags of litter were collected in the efforts to clean the areas around base housing and the elementary school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Members of Team Kirtland gather to pick up litter and debris.

Members of Team Kirtland gather to pick up litter and debris across the installation for Earth Day, April 22, 2021, on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Earth Day is an annual event that encourages everyone to support the environment through numerous actions such as cleaning up litter or planting trees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

A Team Kirtland member picks up trash for Earth Day.

Marley Voyles, Missile Defense Agency regional facility lead, picks up litter and debris on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, April 22, 2021. More than 25 members of Team Kirtland volunteered to clean-up various areas around base housing and the elementary school; more than 40 bags of trash were collected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Team Kirtland members pick up trash for Earth Day.

Members of Team Kirtland pick-up litter and debris across the installation for Earth Day, April 22, 2021, on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. During the cleanup, more than 40 bags of litter were collected in the efforts to clean the areas around base housing and the elementary school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Under the theme of “Love where you live, work and play,” Team Kirtland organizations observed Earth Day 2021 on April 22, 2021, by cleaning up litter around Sandia Elementary School and Kirtland Family Housing areas.

“We like to say that every day is ‘Earth Day’ in the Environmental Management Office at KAFB, but for this special day, we are really excited to team up with Kirtland Family Housing to clean up trash around Sandia Elementary School,” said Melissa Clark, chief of the 377th Air Base Wing environmental management office.

“We are making it a special day to give back to our community. It’s designed to be laid back, get outside, and help our community. It’s not just an environmental issue, but in my mind, it has to do with quality of life at Kirtland – and how we as a community can come together to make our little corner of the world a better place for us to live, work and play,” said Pacífica Cásares-Chehy, Hunt Companies marketing coordinator for Kirtland Family Housing.

Teams of volunteers will spend the day picking up litter in the Kirtland and Maxwell Place ABQ housing areas and along trails.

As an incentive for participating in the neighborhood cleanups, Cásares-Chehy said base residents can drive by the Kirtland Family Housing office at KFH Towne Center Circle or at the Maxwell Place leasing center and pick up flowers, bags of soil and grass seed, and more materials.

For more information or to volunteer, call KFH at 505-232-2049.

Earth Day has been observed in the United States since 1970, bringing awareness and action to environmental issues. For more information, check out https://www.epa.gov/earthday and https://www.earthday.org.