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Hancock Field Members Conduct Earth Day Cleanup

New York Air National Guardsmen cleaned up roads around Hancock Field Air National Guard base to mark the annual Earth Day observance on Friday, April 20.

New York Air National Guardsmen cleaned up roads around Hancock Field Air National Guard base to mark the annual Earth Day observance on Friday, April 20.

Members of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base gather to participate in a road side cleanup in support of Earth Day at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on April 20, 2012.  The participants started at various points directly adjacent to the base and picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to act as examples to the community.  (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

Members of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base gather to participate in a road side cleanup in support of Earth Day at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on April 20, 2012. The participants started at various points directly adjacent to the base and picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to act as examples to the community. (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

Members of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY clean up trash outside the main gate in support of Earth Day on April 20, 2012.  The participants fanned out from the base and picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to also act as examples to the community.  (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

Members of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY clean up trash outside the main gate in support of Earth Day on April 20, 2012. The participants fanned out from the base and picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to also act as examples to the community. (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Eric Ryczak picks up trash outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY during the base's effort to support Earth Day on April 20, 2012. Ryczak worked with approximately 25 other unit members who picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to act as examples to the community.  (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Eric Ryczak picks up trash outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY during the base's effort to support Earth Day on April 20, 2012. Ryczak worked with approximately 25 other unit members who picked up trash in an effort to not only improve the environment but to act as examples to the community. (New York Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

HANCOCK FIELD ANGB, SYRACUSE, NY -- New York Air National Guardsmen cleaned up roads around Hancock Field Air National Guard base to mark the annual Earth Day observance on Friday, April 20.

The approximately 25 volunteers spent the morning picking up trash from the corner of East Molloy and Thompson Roads west past the Armed Forces Reserve Training Center and from East Molloy and Townline/Malden Roads south to Westwood Avenue.

"This project allows Hancock Field Airmen to give back to the community and help keep the area we work in clean," said Col. Earl Evans, Commander of the 174th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group.

Earth Day activities are a worldwide initiative for both the Active Duty and reserve components of the Air Force. Across the Air Force, installations are taking measures to enhance sustainability in support of the Earth Day theme "Conserve Today. Secure Tomorrow," but Air Force leaders hope a campaign seeking new innovations will provide even greater results.

"I call upon every Airman to re-think how we approach waste in the Air Force," said Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics. "As the Air Force becomes leaner, we need to reduce the burden of waste disposal costs that impact our budget. Ask yourself what you can do to be a little greener and leaner in your workplace."
For more information and the Air Force on Earth Day go here: http://www.af.mil/earthday.asp