Nurturing nature

Nate Cairney
Kaiserslautern American

38th GSU plants trees for goodwill

***image1***Individual members of the 712th Munitions Squadron, which is part of a geographically separated unit under the command of the 38th Combat Support Wing, recently took part in a simultaneous tree planting in Camp Darby, Italy and Mount Carmel, Israel.

According to Captain Stephen Paxton, 712th Air Base Group, the Israeli tree planting occurred as part of a deployment for a conference. A fire destroyed a large number of trees on Mount Carmel two years ago, he said, and the tree planting was conducted during a cultural tour as a gesture of goodwill.
Captain Paxton greatly enjoyed the opportunity.

“The hospitality of the Israeli people is unsurpassed,” he said. “I’ve been in for 21 years and I’ve never met more cordial people.”

***image2***At the same time, other members of the 712th planted trees at Camp Darby to help improve the appearance of the base.

“We are honored working with our allies from these two great nations on our  military missions and the protection of the environment,” said Lt. Col. Carnell Cunningham, 712 MUNS Commander.

“Every day we  in the 712 MUNS  have the pleasure of working in Italy’s San Rossore Natural Park  and this was one opportunity to improve the living conditions of our Airmen in their dormitory by planting native plants  that support the Parco Naturale’s management plan.”