2014-03-21 / Spectrum

Spring Cleanup under way

Even though spring hadn’t arrived yet, the official Fort Gordon “Spring- Cleanup” campaign began Monday, March 17.

That’s just fine with us. Although spring didn’t officially arrive until Thursday, we’ve got a lot to do, and it’s good to have a couple of extra days to do it.

“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,” says the memorandum of instruction for this annual event. “However, this is not intended to take away from the idea that post beautification is a year-round objective/ responsibility. This time period is to concentrate maximum efforts in unit, billeting, departmental, training, and common areas on the cantonment area.”

In other words, let’s all make Fort Gordon look a little nicer.

Our town could certainly use it. Although more than a little elbow grease has already been expended on the effort to recover from the February ice storm, there’s still a lot to be done.

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, installation work crews and organizations across post took extraordinary measures to eliminate life, health and safety issues created by the debris. Long hours in lousy weather resulted in a safe environment for our service members, families and employees.

Since then, work crews have been chipping away at the downed tree limbs and piles of debris left in the storm’s wake. We owe those crews our thanks; Fort Gordon is mostly back to normal.

But it’s not the big piles of debris that make the difference between a wellgroomed military installation and a disheveled, haphazard-looking environment. It’s the little things – some trash left where a debris pile once stood, a sidewalk that hasn’t been swept for weeks, windows caked with winter’s film, weeds where only grass should grow – that create the impression of an unloved and uncared-for neighborhood.

Spring Cleanup is exactly the time to tackle those small projects in bulk, and the installation will make it easy by providing yard waste disposal sites and dumpsters that will be moved where they’re needed. The Directorate of Public Works will even provide a class on safe, proper use of a chainsaw to meet our units’ needs.

But the success of Spring Cleanup depends not on the installation, but rather on the people who live and work here. We can do the minimum, and get by. But that’s not really a Spring Cleanup.

Spring Cleanup means picking up, wiping down, sprucing up, throwing away, hosing off and trimming up. It means mowing, sweeping, bagging, painting, washing, pruning, planting, spreading and polishing.

Most importantly, it means caring.

Work crews on the installation have done the lion’s share of post-storm cleanup, and more remains to be done. But restoring the installation to the standard we all expect will require some effort on the part of caring people who serve here, live here and work here. We know you’ll come through, because our community has something else needed to make Spring Cleanup a success.

Pride.

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