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NASIC volunteers support Adopt-A-Highway program

Volunteers from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base pick up trash Oct. 7 on state Route 444 as part of an Adopt-A-Highway community-cleanup program with the Ohio Department of Transportation. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base pick up trash Oct. 7 on state Route 444 as part of an Adopt-A-Highway community-cleanup program with the Ohio Department of Transportation. (Contributed photo)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Penrod (left) and Airman 1st Class Matthew Ridenour join together to collect trash Oct. 7 from one side of state Route 444.  (Contributed photo)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Penrod (left) and Airman 1st Class Matthew Ridenour join together to collect trash Oct. 7 from one side of state Route 444. (Contributed photo)

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Gent of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center organizes multiple trash bags that were used to clean up a portion of state Route 444. A group of NASIC volunteers coordinated with the Ohio Department of Transportation on an Adopt–A-Highway outing to assist the local community. (Contributed photo)

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Gent of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center organizes multiple trash bags that were used to clean up a portion of state Route 444. A group of NASIC volunteers coordinated with the Ohio Department of Transportation on an Adopt–A-Highway outing to assist the local community. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base devoted their time to picking up trash Oct. 7 on state Route 444 as part of an Adopt-A-Highway community-cleanup program with the Ohio Department of Transportation. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base devoted their time to picking up trash Oct. 7 on state Route 444 as part of an Adopt-A-Highway community-cleanup program with the Ohio Department of Transportation. (Contributed photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Personnel from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation to collect and pick up trash along state Route 444 next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The group wanted to help with litter control along area roads, so it got in contact with ODOT, which referred them to the Adopt-A-Highway program. The Airmen had to first complete a few requirements but donated their time and effort to picking up scattered trash along the highway Oct. 7.

“Volunteering is a worthwhile experience that allows us to give back to the community, as well as demonstrate our Air Force core values,” said Staff Sgt. Randolph Koram, who organized the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base volunteer team. “Time is valuable, so I am grateful to be able to contribute, pay it forward and assist in any way I can.”

After all the personnel received mandatory training on how to work safely while collecting and picking up trash from the highway, each Airmen received protective gear and tools for the cleanup effort.

For more information on ODOT or other opportunities to serve the community, visit www.transportation.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odot/about-us/resources/adopt-a-highway.

Others representing NASIC included:

-2nd Lt. William Compton

-Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Gent

-Tech Sgt. Paul Bates

-Staff Sgt. Zachary Penrod

-Staff Sgt. Joseph Daubenspeck

-Senior Airman Maria Bahamon Romero

-Senior Airman Kwame Robertson

-Senior Airman Kenneth Troupe

-Senior Airman Ebenezer Eshun

-Airman 1st Class Matthew Ridenour

-Airman 1st Class Lorien Santos Reyes