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Airmen keep Germany clean

Volunteers pick up trash during an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. These efforts are one of many ways Team Ramstein assists in ensuring Ramstein and its surrounding areas stay in top shape. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Volunteers pick up trash during an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. These efforts are one of many ways Team Ramstein assists in ensuring Ramstein and its surrounding areas stay in top shape. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Volunteers pick up trash during an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Approximately 30 volunteers participated in ensuring the environment outside of Ramstein Air Base is kept clean. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Volunteers pick up trash during an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Approximately 30 volunteers participated in ensuring the environment outside of Ramstein Air Base is kept clean. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Master Sgt. Edwin Colon, left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Inspector General demand intelligence inspector, talks to group leads before an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Volunteers spent time beautifying Ramstein’s surrounding areas outside of the East, West and LVIS gates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Master Sgt. Edwin Colon, left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Inspector General demand intelligence inspector, talks to group leads before an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Volunteers spent time beautifying Ramstein’s surrounding areas outside of the East, West and LVIS gates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Master Sgt. Edwin Colon, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Inspector General demand intelligence inspector, talks to volunteers before an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. This particular event is the first one and was planned by USAFE Top 3 and ensures Kaiserslautern Military Community members help preserve the German ecosystem. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

Master Sgt. Edwin Colon, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Inspector General demand intelligence inspector, talks to volunteers before an off-base clean-up event May 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. This particular event is the first one and was planned by USAFE Top 3 and ensures Kaiserslautern Military Community members help preserve the German ecosystem. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Volunteers came together to beautify the surrounding areas of Ramstein by cleaning up trash May 20.

These efforts are one of many ways Team Ramstein assists in ensuring Ramstein and its surrounding areas stay in top shape.
This particular event was planned by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Top 3 organization. Volunteers covered a total of 3.5 miles surrounding the base.

Master Sgt. Edwin Colon, USAFE Inspector General command intelligence inspector, said it’s important to keep the environment clean, especially when being hosted in another country.

“Cleaning outside the base — the West, East and LVIS gates — shows the local community that we do care and are ensuring we keep the environment clean,” Colon said. “The plan is to continue having this event twice a year.”

With approximately 30 volunteers, the Airmen took time out of their day to come together and preserve as much of the natural German environment as possible.

“I think events like this help make the Air Force look better as a whole, and it’s a great opportunity to show the whole Airman concept,” said Airman 1st Class Jaquavious Standifer, 86th Comptroller Squadron budget technician. “In Germany, they like to keep things clean. It’s important for us to do our part while we’re here.”

Colon said this event is the epitome of ensuring facility excellence.

“We represent the Air Force in this country, so we want to represent it in the right way by ensuring we’re taking care of the areas (we occupy),” Colon said.

To volunteer for future opportunities like this one or for more information, contact USAFE Top 3 at hq.top3@us.af.mil.