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    UDP Marines’ attack Nago beaches in massive cleanup effort / 展開部隊員が名護の海岸線を大規模清掃

    UDP Marines’ attack Nago beaches in massive cleanup effort

    Photo By Yoshie Makiyama | Over 100 deployed Marines from Camp Pendleton, California, gather to clean five...... read more read more



    Story by Yoshie Makiyama 

    Marine Corps Installations Pacific

    Over 100 Marines participated in widespread cleanup efforts at beaches in the neighboring communities of Camp Schwab, July 30, 2021. The Marines from 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, conducted the large-scale volunteer activity which covered five beaches and shorelines in four districts in Nago-city during their time off.

    “For AAV Marines, the beach is our home. We work and train in the ocean and must treat it with respect and make sure there is no trash,” said Capt. Lance C. Sutton, a company commander with the battalion. “When we come to Okinawa, we also must be a part of the Okinawan community. We wanted to help our local communities make a difference and clean the beaches. We hope that this small action can bring the Marines and Okinawans closer together as a community.”

    At 6:30 a.m., in the early morning sunlight, you could already feel the heat of the day to come. The 112 Marines loaded into vehicles to head to their designated areas. Twenty-two members were assigned to Matsuda-no-Hama beach, 18 to Mae-no-Hama beach both in Henoko. Another 18 to Kunjida-Hama beach (Sea Glass) in Toyohara, and 21 to the coastal line in Futami. The largest group of 29 was to take care of Mae-no-Hama beach (Sand Dollar Beach) in Kushi. The remaining four Marines rode the truck assigned for trash pickup.

    At the shoreline in Futami, District Mayor Satoshi Gisuji welcomed members, expressing his appreciation for the past six years of U.S. Marines continuous support for their coastal line cleanups. Due to the recent Typhoon, even though villagers cleaned up the shoreline a month ago, there were many large pieces of debris such as: buoys, crates, baskets, ropes, pallets, and pipes in addition to plastic bottles, cans and some small trash, the beach littering.

    “Because of the way the bay is shaped, it is easy for drifting objects to accumulate on this shoreline,” Tsuneharu Senaha, a resident of Futami, said. “We really appreciate Marines volunteering to pick up the large debris.”

    Senaha brought his daughter and her friends to help with the cleanup. “I was surprised and shocked to see so much trash here. It was more than I expected,” said Saku Gisuji, a fourth grader at a local elementary school and a friend, Senaha’s daughter. “I really want the people who threw away those trash to think deeply.”

    A lot of members who cleaned up the Futami shoreline expected a sand beach but it turned out to be one of the hardest beaches to clean because the trash was stuck in the dirt and mud. However, in the end, everyone smiled and said the beach looked nice and the finished product was pretty good. They all agreed that they would definitely come again if there was another chance to volunteer within their six-month stay in Okinawa.

    “Marines have a sense of purpose, once they get started, they don’t want to stop until they get done,” said Staff Sgt. Lathan J. Faver who was assigned to Mae-no-hama Beach in Kushi.

    Sgt. Adrian G. Paez, also cleaning the Mae-no-hama, stated that the cleanup opportunities were good for everyone since they got to see surrounding areas. “Outside the American bases, there is a lot we don’t know about.”

    After spending over four hours for the cleanup, the Marines collected 10 loads of trash in a three-ton truck from all five beaches. Once the trash was taken to Camp Schwab, they separated the trash for proper disposal.

    Charles A. DeCesari, camp director for Camp Schwab, believes that Marines were all trying to do their part to keep Okinawa clean. He does not believe that it was an “our job” or “their job” situation. He emphasized that the local beaches are used by members of the Status of Forces Agreement very often and we all share the responsibility of keeping them clean.









     同じく久志の前の浜を清掃したエイドリアン・G ・パエズ三等軍曹は、清掃をすることによって、周辺地域を垣間見ることができるため、このような機会は皆にとって良いものだと言い、「米軍基地の外には、私たちが知らないことがたくさんあります」と話した。





    Date Taken: 01.14.2022
    Date Posted: 05.26.2022 23:23
    Story ID: 421350
    Location: OKINAWA, JP

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