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NEWS | Aug. 21, 2019

NMETLC Sailors conduct community volunteer project

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 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston performed volunteer work at Patrolman Guadalupe Martinez Park July 30.
The 12 volunteers painted picnic tables, trimmed trees, cleaned playground equipment and picked up litter.
"Knowing that I participated in this event so kids and teens have a safer area to play outside is an amazing feeling," said Lt. Kimberly Melin, assigned to the NMETLC operations department. "I volunteer in another area of the city, but because San Antonio is so large, it also allows me to see and help other places."

Melin is also the NMETLC 360 lead. The Sailor 360 program is a command-level program for junior enlisted, senior enlisted and junior officers, designed to strengthen and develop leadership through outreach events, classroom discussions and physical training.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Viveiros, a hospital cCorpsman, agreed with Melin.

“Serving the community as a team is a great feeling,” Viveiros said. “It increases our awareness of the needs of the people around us, and demonstrates how we can provide just a little bit more happiness in the world.”

NMETLC Sailors conduct a quarterly community volunteer project in San Antonio.

“This is our second time at Martinez Park this season,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Amity Montoya, NMETLC Sailor 360 Community Relations lead and hospital corpsman. "We also volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank, where we sorted food and checked expiration dates. All of these events teach us to work together, communicate and build camaraderie while we help the local community.”