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Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center pick up trash along stretch of U.S. 301
Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center at Dahlgren pick up trash along U.S. 301 in King George County.
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Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center at the Navy base in Dahlgren did their part recently to help keep King George County clean by picking up trash along a two-mile stretch of U.S. 301.
They were working through Virginia's Adopt-A-Highway Program, which was established in 1988 and is one of the largest in the country.
Fire Controlman 1st Class James Navarro took part in ATRC's first cleanup effort.
"My wife and I wanted to give back to the community," he said. "This did not take much time at all, and we were able to give back to the environment as well."
In two hours, nine sailors and their family members collected 10 bags of trash. They plan to clean the stretch of U.S. 301 every two months.
Gloves and vests are provided. Transportation is made available to and from the start location.
"All you have to bring is yourself," Navarro said.
ATRC has been involved in a number of service-related projects including Mary's Shelter in Fredericksburg, Caledon Natural Area, King George Fire Department and the Special Olympics.
The sailors also have helped veterans and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Their goal is to volunteer 10,000 hours in 2012.
More information about the Aegis Training and Readiness Center is available at netc.navy.mil/centers/cscs/atrc/Default.aspx