Coast Guard Cutter Maple crew cleans street in Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard Cutter Maple crewmembers collect trash alongside a road in Sitka, Alaska, Dec. 4, 2013. The Maple crew took part in the Adopt a Highway program to give back to the supportive Sitka community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Maple.

Coast Guard Cutter Maple crewmembers collect trash alongside a road in Sitka, Alaska, Dec. 4, 2013. The Maple crew took part in the Adopt-a-Highway program to give back to the supportive Sitka community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Maple.

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple took to the streets to clean up litter in Sitka, Alaska, Wednesday.

Through the Adopt-a-Highway program, the crewmembers removed approximately 500 pounds of trash off a section of road stretching from the base of the John O’Connell Bridge to the entrance of Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

“The Adopt-a-Highway program is a great way for us to support and give back to the community as a thank you for their constant support of the Coast Guard” said Lt. Raymond Reichl, commanding officer of the Maple. “We are proud to call Sitka home and take pleasure in the opportunity to help make the community a cleaner place for everyone to live.”

The Maple is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Sitka. Their responsibilities include servicing aids to navigation throughout Alaska, as well as performing Coast Guard statutory law enforcement and search and rescue missions.

 

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