• Col. Deborah Grays, U.S. Army garrison commander, plants a flowering cherry tree at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson April 24 with a little help from children in the pre-k class at the Child Development Center as Owen Nuttall (right), chief of the Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Office, watches.  The children later planted some zinnia plants, also as part of the Earth Day celebration.

    Earth Day observation educates on environment

    Col. Deborah Grays, U.S. Army garrison commander, plants a flowering cherry tree at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson April 24 with a little help from children in the pre-k class at the Child Development Center as Owen Nuttall (right), chief of the Base...

  • Ananda Lockett, 4, lends a helping hand to fellow classmate Kaleb James, also 4, to water a plant at the Earth Day celebration held April 24 at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson.  The children are enrolled in the Child Development Center's pre-k class.  Locket is the daughter of Sharon Lockett, a self-employed accountant, and Warrant Officer Fernando Lockett, the human resource officer for the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade's Personnel Service Center at Fort Gordon.  Kaleb is the son of Staff Sgt. Kelly Henderson, an administration support NCO for the Human Resources Division of G1 at U.S. Army Forces Command.

    Earth Day observation educates on environment

    Ananda Lockett, 4, lends a helping hand to fellow classmate Kaleb James, also 4, to water a plant at the Earth Day celebration held April 24 at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson. The children are enrolled in the Child Development Center's pre-k class...

  • Atlanta Recycling Solutions warehouse worker Grant McCleskey (right), takes an old TV for recycling from Maj. William Thornhill, a programs analyst with G8 at U.S. Army Central.  Electronic waste and hazardous household chemicals both collected at the event.

    Earth Day observation educates on environment

    Atlanta Recycling Solutions warehouse worker Grant McCleskey (right), takes an old TV for recycling from Maj. William Thornhill, a programs analyst with G8 at U.S. Army Central. Electronic waste and hazardous household chemicals both collected at the...

  • George Williams, a Fort McPherson hazardous materials specialist with the Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Office, takes two bottles of antifreeze for proper disposal.

    Earth Day observation educates on environment

    George Williams, a Fort McPherson hazardous materials specialist with the Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Office, takes two bottles of antifreeze for proper disposal.

FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. -- There's only one Earth, but there are many ways to help preserve it. Members of the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem communities took steps to preserve the environment April 24 in an Earth Day celebration held at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson.

During the celebration, a tree and several flowers were planted while community members brought in their old resources to be recycled.

Col. Deborah Grays, U.S. Army Garrison commander, Owen Nuttall, the chief of the Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Office, and several children enrolled in the Child Development Center's pre-k class planted the flowering cherry tree to kick off the event at 11 a.m.

Having the children participate, besides giving them something fun to do, was also chosen to help instill a love of the earth and nature, said Joan Hutton, an In-stallation Management Command-Southeast Environmental Branch environmental specialist.

"We want to instill a sense of values and show the joy nature can provide," she said. "We want them to experience physical sensations, touch the dirt and appreciate the simple joys of nature."

Protecting that nature for future generations to enjoy was a goal of the event and was accomplished via several recycling collections.

These collections were for items, such as hazardous household wastes like antifreeze, paints and solvents and electronic wastes, that are not normally collected at recycling centers.

"We need to recognize this is our home and we need to protect it," said Heather Hawkins, a BRAC Environmental Office environmental specialist. "It's important to take that extra step and not just dump (hazardous things)."

Such steps, when done by many individuals, makes a large difference, said Rudy Stine, chief of the IMCOM-SE Environment Branch. It is this sense of teamwork, working toward a common goal, that is the base of the Army environmental program, he said.

"A lot of people don't realize the Army has an environmental program," Stine said. "We do our part to protect the environment." He added that individual acts are just as important.

People can continue to do their part by taking part in recycling programs on post or in their community, Hawkins said. Although there are no new events planned by the environment offices staffs, ideas are always in the works, Hawkins added.

Information on such events will be made available once they are finalized, she said.

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