Guam sailors join school in cleanup effort


Military members from multiple Guam-based commands remove tires from the dirt during a community outreach project for the Guahan Academy Charter School. (U.S. NAVY/LTJG MEAGAN MORRISON)

BARRIGADA, Guam—Service members from multiple Guam-based commands including commander, Submarine Squadron 15, joined faculty and family from Guahan Academy Charter School during a school cleanup last Oct. 10.

More than 30 service members took part in the community outreach to help prepare the school grounds for new equipment and future soccer fields.

‘This is a nice surprise for the students,” said Tammy Terlaje, the school’s special programs assistant. “We want to be able to provide our students with something new and longer lasting.”

To help improve the playground, service members worked with the faculty and parent-teacher organization to remove tires, clear debris, and beautify the grounds. The volunteers removed more than 50 tires that had been filled with sand and placed in the ground.

Terlaje praised the military and parents for working together to make progress on the school grounds.

“We’re seeing all of this progress because of the help we receive from the military commands around the island,” said Terlaje. “Having the parents involved allows them to see that progress and how we’re working to provide their children with better outdoor activities.”

Guahan Academy Charter School is non-profit public school of the government of Guam that serves students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Sailors on the island routinely help local schools throughout the year as part of the Joint Region Marianas Sister School, Sister Village community relations program.

The purpose of the program is to create, foster, and develop sustained positive relationships between the military and the local population.

“It’s always a great experience being able to come out and help the community,” said Torpedoman’s Mate 2nd Class Curtis Branz, a native of Wallace, Idaho. “I enjoy working side by side with the parents and faculty to help improve the quality of the school for the students.”

CSS-15 is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam in Santa Rita, Guam, and includes four Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines.

The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land.

The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed submarine force and are capable of meeting global operational requirements.

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LTJG MEAGAN MORRISON, Commander, Submarine Squadron 15  

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