Crane, Ind. -- A Crane Army Ammunition Activity representative helped plant a new tree on Naval Support Activity Crane as part of a joint effort by all the commands to make the base a Tree City USA Installation.
The planting of a White Dogwood, native to Southern Indiana, outside of the base's Environmental Education Center was part of the installations Arbor Day 2012 celebration held by NSA Crane's City Tree Board. The board is actively working to obtain the Tree City USA Installation designation or the base. It has representatives from the base's major tenants; with CAAA Civil Engineer Lauren Shipman representing the ammunition activity.
According to Public Works Department Crane Installation Environmental Program Manager Jim Riggins, the base must do certain things to receive the designation, including an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation. He said that the City Tree Board intends to hold an Arbor Day Observance every year, planting a new tree each time.
During the ceremony, the NSA Crane Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Stewart read the proclamation that urged all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well being of this and future generations.
In addition to participating in the tree planting, CAAA took part in the base's Earth Day Celebration happening at the Environmental Education Center. CAAA Environmental Scientist Frank Mitchell prepared a display board explaining CAAA's efforts to protect the environment in its demilitarization processes. The display was open to local school children visiting the base.
Established Oct. 1977, CAAA maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure in order to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components. The Army activity is a subordinate of the Joint Munitions Command and is located on NSA Crane.