INSCOM Honors Earth Day

By Kenn BlanchardMay 11, 2022

INSCOM Honors Earth Day
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (Left to right) Master Sgt. James Geah and Maj. Llexandra Landreth, leading by example, spread mulch around a new tree in front of the new Nolan Building during the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command's (INSCOM) Earth Day event, April 28. (Photo Credit: Kenneth Blanchard) VIEW ORIGINAL
INSCOM Honors Earth Day
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Douglas Henry (center), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) assistant chief of staff, G-4, and Kevin Clapp (to Henry's right), INSCOM G4 headquarters facilities division chief, made sure that supplies and proper equipment were available in front of the new Nolan building during INSCOMs observance of Earth Day, April 28. (Photo Credit: Kenneth Blanchard) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Soldiers, Army Civilians and contractors from the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) held an Earth Day Clean-up event to beautify the Nolan Building campus, April 28.

The Earth Day event had been on hiatus for two years to protect the force from unnecessary exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the completion of INSCOM’s Nolan Building expansion, the new building's grounds required attention.

"This event gets us prepared for the Memorial Day Ceremony,” said Col. Douglas Henry, INSCOM assistant chief of staff, G-4, “It points us in the right direction, and puts us in the best light, honoring INSCOM and the ASA fallen."

Henry, outfitted in jeans, gloves and boots, worked alongside other Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors of all levels, raking mulch and digging holes.

"This helps with morale and is a good team building exercise for G-4," said Kevin Clapp, INSCOM G4 headquarters facilities division chief, who was distributing mulch as he spoke.

Clapp made sure all the supplies and proper equipment was available to the team that started with about 25 people. The beautification effort on the INSCOM campus included pulling weeds, planting flowers, and cleaning the statues, memorials and monuments.

"COVID made us take two years off but it is good to get back to it," Henry said, as he pulled weeds next to a tree in the front of the old entrance. "Although there are contracts and people detailed to take care of the grounds, if you want extra, you got to do extra."

Globally, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. It is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. Earth Day events like this one highlight how the Army has and will continue to sustain the mission and secure the future to meet and defeat climate challenges.

Earth Day is what the Army does every day, where informed leaders take actions to protect vulnerable Army facilities, infrastructure, and environmental resources. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement that started in 1970, seven years before INSCOM was founded.

INSCOM's new building extension features a four-story atrium, roof garden, outdoor plaza, a cutting-edge operations center and data management center, cafeteria and fitness center.

Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, with 17,500 Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors located at 180 locations in 45 countries, INSCOM executes mission command of operational intelligence and security forces; conducts ,synchronizes, and integrates worldwide multi-discipline and all-source intelligence and security operations; and delivers linguist support and intelligence-related advanced skills training, acquisition support, logistics, communications, and other specialized capabilities in support of Army, Joint, and Coalition Commands and the U.S. Intelligence Community.