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NEWPORT, R.I. - Sailors and personnel from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) celebrated Earth Day early when they participated in the NWC’s annual Earth Day Campus Cleanup on April 17.
 
NEWPORT, R.I. (April 17, 2012) Sailors from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) look for trash on the beach behind Luce Hall during the Earth Day Campus Cleanup held on the NWC campus. The NWC’s First Class Petty Officer Association sponsored the annual cleanup. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich/Released)The cleanup, sponsored by the NWC’s First Class Petty Officer Association, covered the area from the entrance of the NWC campus to Evans Hall, with a large focus on the campus waterline. Participants cleaned the grounds of trash, ranging from discarded cigarette butts and plastic bags to large debris and scrap lumber that had washed up on the shore in the bay area.
 
“The overall goal of the base is to come together and have each of the commands do their part to clean up and do our part for the environment,” said Chief Naval Aircrewman Operator John Lovendale, the senior enlisted leader for the NWC. “By removing the trash from the surrounding area, we’re keeping it from remaining in the environment, something which could have stayed in the surrounding area for a long time.”
 
A dozen NWC personnel participated in the event and they collected approximately 10 garbage-bags worth of trash.

By Jacob Fisher, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs