By Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – More than 20 family members and Sailors from ships and commands in Yokosuka made the city a little cleaner at a Community Relations (COMREL) event, June 12.
The Community Relations (COMREL) project was called “Our Yokosuka” and its purpose was to bring members of both the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) together in fellowship for the community in which they live, according to COMREL organizer Lt. j.g. Michael Madrid.
Donning gloves and carrying plastic bags the volunteers from the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and junior officers from the JMSDF Junior Officer Partnership Association International(JOPA International), walked Route 16 and the Honch area of Yokosuka picking up cigarette butts, cans and other debris.
“It’s important to us to be good stewards of our home, where we live side-by-side with the citizens of Japan,” said Michael Madrid of the USS Mustin.
“Everyone here came together on short notice because they are committed not only to our relationship with Japan, but to our local community,” said Madrid, adding that he was grateful for the turnout and the participation by the JMSDF officers.
One participant said he was already looking forward to the next event.
“This has been a great time and I feel like we made a positive contribution to our city today,” said Gas Turbine Technician Mechanical Third Class Manuela Cortes. “We should do this every Sunday!”