The beautification process for White Sands Missile Range is continuing with a Nov. 18 and 19 fall cleanup scheduled for the entire installation and a Nov. 21 Missile Park cleanup.
WSMR Chief of Plans and Operations and fall cleanup coordinator Dennis Stockwell said the focus for this cleanup will be on household trash and recyclables.
“We have an important role when it comes to the safety of our military and as such we need to hold ourselves up to a higher standard and maintain a clean work environment in order to do our jobs effectively,” said WSMR Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William Wofford. “We need to hold ourselves accountable and have an installation we can all be proud to work for. It is our duty to ensure our surrounding areas are clean and well kept. A little effort goes a long way,” he said.
The installation will be separated into five different locations, based on their building number. Each location will have a point of contact for the cleanup day. The five areas are: Navy, McAfee, 3/6 Air Defense Artillery Detachment, Air Force, and the 2nd Engineer Detachment. The building numbers were assigned according to their surrounding areas.
Any trash or excess items that are no longer usable can be placed in the tan dumpster or recycled in the blue trailers if they are small enough to fit. If the items are too large, employees should contact their building representative to identify the location outside of their building to place unwanted larger items to be picked up. For the exterior of the building, employees are asked to sweep and remove trash and weeds. Shredders will not be available during this cleanup but is currently being looked into for the upcoming spring cleanup.
“We are asking the workforce to check around their areas and police up trash within 50 feet of their work area and facilities,” Stockwell said.
There will be a group of service members on military detail that will go out on Nov. 19 and pick up larger items at each designated building location throughout the entire installation. Items that are scheduled for pickup should be separated into four different piles; serviceable furniture, unserviceable furniture, scrap metal, and recyclables. If there is a location that has scrap metal to be picked up, the Area 1 coordinator should be contacted to schedule the pickup. The metal items that organizations will dispose of will be collected for the Installation to generate funds to use on the grassroots recycling operation that has been running successfully for almost two years.
Microwaves, refrigerators, hazardous waste, tires, and televisions will not be picked up curbside. Stockwell said this cleanup will determine how much of a need the installation has for pickup of such items and will cater their spring cleanup for those specific items. He said each cleanup has had a different focus based on the needs of the installation.
Stockwell is also asking employees to identify areas that need to be repaired around their building and report it to the Department of Public Works and to take some time to inspect fire extinguishers for serviceability.
WSMR Command Sgt. Maj. William Maddox is asking for volunteers to come out with him, the Commanding General and their Families to clean-up the missile park area off of Highway 70 on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WSMR Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Gerry Veara will be on scene at 9 a.m. assigning duties to volunteers. Maddox asked for volunteers to RSVP ahead of time as he will be providing lunch to volunteers the day of the cleanup. Uniformed personnel who wish to volunteer will get credit towards the volunteer medal.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and help make it better,” Maddox said in an e-mail for the event.
This is the third cleanup WSMR Garrison has hosted. The first cleanup took place on November 2013.
To volunteer for the Nov. 21 cleanup contact Master Sgt. Gerald Lewis at (575) 678-5610, or email at email@example.com by Nov. 18.