Airmen help out in Great American Cleanup

USAF photo: Greg Allen Airmen collect trash on Highway 60/84 during the Great American Cleanup on April 25. More than 129 tons of garbage were collected during the event.

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs

Airmen from the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron and Curry County volunteers pooled their efforts April 25 to capture the Golden Dumpster award in this years’ Great American Cleanup.

The two organizations collected 934 bags of trash during the Saturday morning event. The second-place silver dumpster was awarded to the 27th Special Operations Medical Group and the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron

A total of 337 volunteers, of which 235 were Cannon airmen and family members, participated in the annual event to give the community a thorough spring cleaning. Many were attired in fluorescent-green shirts with the words “Toss No Mas” emblazoned on the front.

According to Rob Carter, Clovis Parks and Recreation director, 1,829 bags of trash weighing more than 129 tons were collected over the weekend.

“The event went well and Cannon’s support was instrumental in its success,” said Carter.

Most participants gathered at 5th and Sycamore in Clovis at 8 a.m., and fueled with donuts, coffee and bottled water, listened to the obligatory safety briefing before getting under way. Airmen from the 27 SOMDG and 27 SOFSS got a head start on the cleanup effort as met, then moved out from Cannon, bags in hand,