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    Beach clean up allows service members relaxing day

    Beach clean up allows service members relaxing day

    Photo By Cpl. Bridget Keane | (from left to right) Petty Officer 3rd Class Loc Nguyen, religious programer, Pfc....... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Bridget Keane 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The demanding work schedule of service members aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot can sometimes be stressful and repetitive. That is why there are programs and events that allow them to escape their work place to participate in activities and give back to the community.

    Marines and sailors of 2nd Recruit Training Battalion gave back to the community July 26 as they cleaned Breaker’s Beach aboard Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif.

    “The main purpose of this is to give service members the opportunity to get out of the office, get fresh air, relax and support a good cause,” said Lt. Stephen Brown, 2nd RTBn Chaplain. “Cleaning this military beach allows us to give back to our community.”

    The Breaker’s Beach clean up was the first of many to come throughout the year and although it is 2nd RTBn event, all military members of MCRD are encouraged to participate, explained Brown, a 42-year-old Mission Viejo, Calif. native.

    “I want other commands see us out here and notice how it creates a relaxed work environment, builds camaraderie and boost morale,” said Brown.

    During their lunch hours, Marines and sailors from 2nd RTBn made the trip out to Breaker’s Beach, equipped with garbage bags and plastic gloves to clean the beach.

    The serenity of the ocean waves, cool breeze and sunshine gave volunteers a relaxed peace of mind as they picked up loose trash around the beach.

    “It’s nice to get out and breathe in the fresh air,” said Pfc. Breanna Rivera, administrative clerk, 2nd RTBn. “Cleaning up the beach offers us a lot of volunteer opportunities and experiences.”

    Although the Breaker’s Beach clean up allows the service members of 2nd RTBn an escape from their work environment, the main goal is to encourage other units to be involved.

    Family members are also invited so that service members and their loved ones can enjoy a day on the beach, explained Brown.

    “Of course it’ll start small, but little by little we hope to see everyone come out here and join us,” said a hopeful Brown.

    The Breaker’s Beach clean up is scheduled to be a monthly event and can be attended by any service member, civilian and their families aboard MCRD.



    Date Taken: 07.26.2012
    Date Posted: 08.03.2012 14:37
    Story ID: 92639
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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