Pennsylvania Citizen-Soldiers Set Out on 'Guard the Environment' Campaign

Oct 22, 2010, 16:21 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 800 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are deploying to communities throughout the state now through November as part of a new nationwide initiative intended to make cleaner, more vibrant communities.

Called "Guard the Environment," this new initiative of the National Guard Bureau includes recent recruits and the troops that train them performing environmentally friendly activities across the state, such as cleaning parks, cemeteries, highways and state forest roadways.

"With Pennsylvania National Guard armories and air bases in some 90 communities – in 51 counties – our presence blankets the commonwealth," said Lt. Col. Laura McHugh, commander of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. "The Guard the Environment program gives valuable hands-on experiences to our newer members on the importance of environmental stewardship and giving back to our community."

Eleven projects are scheduled in as many counties throughout the state.

For information on the initiative, call the Pennsylvania National Guard public affairs office at 717-861-8468.

Media contact: Sgt. Matt Jones, 717-861-8352 (office); 717-943-4328 (cell)

Editor's Note: Following is a schedule of events held as part of Guard the Environment. For information on specific local projects, call the respective media contact for each event.

Event 1 – Butler County

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23

Project: Park cleanup

Location: Butler, PA

Media contact: Master Sgt. Francis Nichols, 724-996-5038


Event 2 – Allegheny County

Date: Saturday, Oct. 30

Project: Park cleanup

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Media contact: Staff Sgt. Martin Ortiz, 412-414-5393

Event 3 – Franklin County

Date: Saturday, Oct. 30

Project: American Legion complex cleanup

Location: Chambersburg, PA

Media contact: Staff Sgt. Maurice Knight, 570-244-7654


Event 4 – Lebanon County

Date: Saturday, Oct. 30

Project: Cemetery cleanup

Location: Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

Media contact: Sgt. 1st Class Kriss Berry, 717-805-9159


Event 5 – Lancaster County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 6

Project: Millport Conservancy cleanup

Location: Lititz, PA

Media contact: Master Sgt. William Barrell, 484-855-0810


Event 6 – Philadelphia County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 6

Project: General cleanup

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Media contact: Sgt. Maj. Paul Mishoe, 484-791-1712


Event 7 – Luzerne County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 6

Project: Park cleanup

Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Media contact: Master Sgt. Douglas Collins, 570-899-8099


Event 8 – Lancaster County

Date: Sunday, Nov. 7

Project: Cemetery cleanup

Location: Lancaster, PA

Media contact: Staff Sgt. Mark Good, 804-366-3956


Event 9 – Tioga County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 13

Project: State forest road cleanup

Location: Morris, PA

Media contact: Master Sgt. James Ditchy, 570-396-8266


Event 10 – Blair County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday Nov. 14

Project: Park cleanup

Location: Hollidaysburg, PA

Media contact: Sgt. Janelle Moses, 814-505-5199


Event 11 – Crawford County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 20

Project: Highway cleanup

Location: Cambridge Springs, PA

Media contact: Staff Sgt. David Kelley, 814-860-0500


Event 12 – Lehigh County

Date: Saturday, Nov. 20

Project: Parkway cleanup

Location: Allentown, PA

Media contact: Master Sgt. Robert Shannon, 610-297-6403



SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs



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