2014-03-21 / Front Page

Fort Gordon Spring Cleanup under way

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Spc. Bryan Arrlington, a member of the Fort Gordon 35th Military Police Detachment, saws branches from a fallen tree along North Range Road March 14. This is part of the continuous effort to clean up debris caused by the winter storm that hit the area last month and Fort Gordon’s Environmental Spring Cleanup effort. In the background, Soldiers assigned to Companies B, D, E, 369th Signal Battalion and Company B, 447th Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade, are also assisting in the cleanup efforts. 
Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Spc. Bryan Arrlington, a member of the Fort Gordon 35th Military Police Detachment, saws branches from a fallen tree along North Range Road March 14. This is part of the continuous effort to clean up debris caused by the winter storm that hit the area last month and Fort Gordon’s Environmental Spring Cleanup effort. In the background, Soldiers assigned to Companies B, D, E, 369th Signal Battalion and Company B, 447th Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade, are also assisting in the cleanup efforts. Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Fort Gordon community is busy cleaning up for spring. The period of March 17-31 has been declared the Fort Gordon Environmental Cleanup Month, according to Col. Samuel G. Anderson, the U.S. Army Garrison commander.

“This time is designated for all area and facility supervisors to ensure a concerted effort is made to cleanup, fix, and beautify their areas of responsibility,” wrote Anderson in the memorandum of instruction for the cleanup. “Get involved and make this event a real demonstration of pride in our units, our living quarters, and our post.”


Shane Farmer and Scott Johnson of Fort Gordon Road and Grounds, AKIMA, feed fallen tree limbs through a wood chipper March 14 as they work to clean up what remains of the winter storm debris along North Range Road on post. This is also part of the Fort Gordon Environmental Spring Cleanup effort on the installation. 
Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Shane Farmer and Scott Johnson of Fort Gordon Road and Grounds, AKIMA, feed fallen tree limbs through a wood chipper March 14 as they work to clean up what remains of the winter storm debris along North Range Road on post. This is also part of the Fort Gordon Environmental Spring Cleanup effort on the installation. Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The garrison commander emphasized that the spring cleanup effort is not intended to take away from the idea that post beautification is a year-round responsibility of everyone who works and lives on Fort Gordon.

Anderson pointed out that while the spring clean up has began, the winter storm cleanup continues on post. While the majority of the cleanup efforts are at the units, billeting, departmental, training and common areas on the cantonment area, there will no cleanup in the training areas and ranges until the fall, he said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Stockton, the Fort Gordon garrison command sergeant major, will conduct an inspection of all assigned areas April 1.

During the Environmental Spring Cleanup efforts Alex Gaines, the director of family and morale, welfare and recreation, will be coordinating cleanup of all DFMWR activity locations to include: the courtyard, Gordon Conference and Catering Center, all Child, Youth, and School Services facilities and other MWR locations.

During the cleanup efforts the roads and mulch site, located at 11th Street and Chamberlain Avenue will be open 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All dumpsters will be available for debris cleanup and will be moved around the installation as needed and determined by the Directorate of Public Works.

All yard waste, tree limbs, pine needles, and leaves can be taken and deposed of at several sites on post. These include: the roads and grounds mulch site, located at 11th and Chamberlain Avenue; across from Wilkerson Pond in field area, Training Area 5; the field area across from Hunter sign in station on 111th Avenue; and field area on 3rd Avenue at 12th Street by Training Area 16.

All non-natural debris, non-property must be taken to the Fort Gordon Recycle Center, Building B-997, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Chamberlain Avenue. These items will be recycled, if they can be, or the unit will be instructed to take the items to the dump on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All property issues or questions should be directed to the unit S-4, property book, or the post Directorate of Logistics.

Individuals are reminded that no privately owned vehicles are permitted in any of the dumpsites on post.

Hazardous material turn-in will be coordinated between the unit environmental officer and DPW environmental branch in accordance with standard operating procedures.

DPW is offering a two hour chain saw safety class. Units can call 791-9762 for class times, dates and availability. Units must possess chain saw and all personal protective equipment in order to take the class.

It’s the responsibility of all units to ensure areas around and near dumpsters is free of yard waste, lawn equipment and illegal trash. Units are required to inspect all temporary structure “sheds” for proper usage and requirements.

For more information regarding the post environmental spring cleanup contact the project officers, Bobby Ramtahal at 791-8264; Robert Taylor at 791-5321, or Master Sgt. Justin Hroblak at 791-2509.

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