News: SpRRRRRRRing cleaning at ‘The Rock’
Story by Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - In the military there are some parties "G.I." you don't want an invitation, certain calls "police" you don't want to answer and group walks "FOD" you don't want to join.
Col. Joe Martin, 386th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, commander recently led more than 100 Airman from his specialized task force and well over a 1,000 Airman from across the mission support group in a 7R base cleanup for the record books.
"The 7R's stand for remove, relocate, relabel, recycle, reorganize, record and repeat," said Martin. "I would say we are through the first five pretty comfortable and as far as recording what we've done, we are in that process right now."
Since the start of the 7R cleanup on Feb. 2, the Marauders have removed three unused ISO containers, relocated 63 aircraft pallets and 127 pieces of dunnage back to the aerial port where they belonged, relocated 47 AM-2 portable aircraft landing mats to the civil engineering bone yard, moved three Alaskan shelter containers to the war reserve material area of the base, repositioned 13 Jersey barriers which enhanced safety, and recycled 6,353 pounds of plastic, 22,046 pounds of cardboard and 61,789 pounds of various metals.
While Martin does not claim to be a neat freak, he learned some valuable lessons during his previous deployments and as a commander.
"If you don't know what you have, then you don't know what you need to get," he said. "Often times you'll end up with excess things and you'll buy it anyway, so let's figure out what we've got first."
The cleanup beautified the base, put money back into the wing and enhanced security and readiness.
"If you have a field full of trash and you have an airfield attack how long does it take to see if a UXO is in that field," he said "If I clean all the trash out, I can drive by the field and know that nothing happened because it was clean before and it's still clean, so I can respond faster."
There were more than 80 areas around 'The Rock' the MSG took on to improve the overall appearance of the base.
"When these areas are done, we can go to the 7th R which is repeat," he said. "It's really up to the next crowd to repeat this over and over again to keep things going better."