By 2nd Lt. Jennifer Fulco, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandSeptember 20, 2012
NORTH SHORE, Hawaii (Sept. 20, 2012) -- For Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion, a recent morning at Kaena Point State Park was more than a day at the beach.
Members of the 84th's Forward Support Company, within 130th Enginerr Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, removed trash from the park's trail and shoreline in an effort that not only served the community but also acted as a team-building exercise.
"Kaena Point is such a beautiful area, and we are privileged to have the opportunity to preserve it," said 1st Lt. James Beebe, executive officer, FSC.
Soldiers removed about 15 bags of trash from the trail, according to Sgt. Travis Thorpe, training noncommissioned officer.
"Giving back to the community is very important to our company and to this organization as a whole," said Capt. Maurice Harford, FSC commander. "The island of Oahu is so beautiful, and it is unfortunate that it is not always as well kept as it should be. We are trying to do our part to help keep it clean and give back."
The project also provided an opportunity to further develop camaraderie, as Soldiers helped and encouraged each other to reach the top of the five-mile trail, here, which ended on a mountaintop overlooking the shoreline.
"It was a nice chance to get off base and go someplace different," Thorpe said. "It was enjoyable to be able to work together and get to see the beautiful shoreline of Oahu."
After Soldiers made it to the peak, Harford led the way back down to the start point with a company run.
"It was great to help out in the community and to get a great workout in while all the Soldiers were having fun," Harford added.