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NEWS | March 29, 2019

NMETLC Sailors help clean up community park

By Petty Officer 1st Class David Kolmel Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, or NMETLC, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, participated in a local community relations project March 28.

Fourteen NMETLC Sailors spent several hours at Martinez Park in San Antonio, picking up trash and sanitizing park equipment to help ensure park visitors have a clean, family-friendly park where children can play safely.

“Helping out at the park was a very cool experience,” said Seaman Apprentice Hailey Johnson, assigned to NMETLC. “It made me feel better knowing that this park was cleaner just by us picking up trash and doing what we could. Making even the slightest difference for kids and families means the world to me.”

Johnson said the best way for Sailors to show the Navy appreciates the local community’s support is with their actions.

“Showing any and all communities that we are here to help and support is something that I've always wanted to do since I joined the Navy,” Johnson said. “Any community I am a part of, I want to show that the Navy is here to support them. So any chance I get to do so, I am all for it.”

The Martinez Park cleanup was one of several projects completed as part of the ongoing NMETLC Sailor 360 COMREL program, said Petty Officer 1st Class Amity Montoya, NMETLC Sailor 360 assistant COMREL leader.

“We are looking at the San Antonio Food Bank as our next COMREL project, but we welcome any projects our Sailors would like to support,” Montoya said of the quarterly community projects.  “We also look forward to doing more beautification projects at our community parks.”

The COMREL event is part of the Navy’s Sailor 360 program, a command-level program for junior enlisted, senior enlisted and junior officers designed to strengthen and develop leadership through COMREL events, classroom discussions and physical training events.