426th IOS adopts area

***image1***by Airman 1st Class Neann Reynolds
426th Information Operations Squadron

Personnel from the 426th Information Operations Squadron recently demonstrated their “commitment to excellence” by banding together and adopting a piece of Vogelweh land.

The area is across from the squadron, and next door to the Kaiserslautern elementary, junior high and high schools.

“It is just one piece of military property that needed some sprucing up,” said  Master Sgt. Brian Schramm, 426 IOS security representative.

The 426th IOS warriors jumped at the chance to work with the 735th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Adopt an Area program and volunteered to clean the area up, said Sergeant Schramm.

For a long time, the area and the pavilion beside it was overlooked. The 426th IOS dedicated an entire day to sweeping, raking, mowing, removing debris and plants, and hauling away the foliage. By 3:30 p.m., the grass had been cut, the pavilion and its walkway was cleaned out, and the wooded section was cleared of excess vegetation.

Col. Francis M. Brown, 431st Air Base Group commander, recognized the squadron for its continuing “commitment to excellence” with a $100 gift certificate for a future squadron burger burn and a group commander’s coin.

Since the Adopt an Area program was initiated by the 735th Civil Engineer Squadron, only two of 25 areas have been adopted. If you’re interested in adopting an area of your own, contact Staff Sgt. Shane Dwyer, 735th CES Adopt an Area program manager at 480-5672.