Team Misawa beautifies Lake Ogawara campsites

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Team Misawa personnel look for trash in Lake Ogawara’s camping site, at Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 28, 2017. The team of four collected approximately 100 pounds of garbage along the lake’s bank. Misawa Air Base regularly holds cleanups within the community to enhance the areas as well as connections with its host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Leafing it all to the Airmen

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darla Laubacher, left, a 35th Maintenance Squadron fuels system technician, and Staff Sgt. Talia Alicea, a 35th MXS nondestructive inspection technician, scan the Lake Ogawara camp site for trash in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 28, 2017, at Misawa City, Japan. The two worked together to help clean the lake’s camping sites, providing a safer environment for the local community to enjoy. Misawa AB regularly volunteers in the local area, which reinforces the strong bond between the U.S. and its host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Pop a squat

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darla Laubacher, a 35th Maintenance Squadron fuels system technician, picks up a piece of trash at Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 28, 2017. Airmen from Misawa Air Base covered more than half a mile in length and tooking time to sort out recyclable materials from combustible trash. Their efforts resulted in a safer camp site for locals to use and strengthened the foundation of Misawa AB’s relationship with its host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Sorry trash, we have toilet you go

Team Misawa personnel hold their trash collection after a cleanup in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 28, 2017. The group of volunteers picked up approximately 100 pounds of trash, collecting everything from small plastic bottles to a large toilet seat. As an effective community outreach event, Misawa Air Base often holds site cleanups to reinforce the strong foundation of trust between the U.S. and its host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st class Sadie Colbert)

Prettier than dirt

A U.S. Air Force Airman holds up a bottle in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 28, 2017. Team Misawa partnered to clean Lake Ogawara’s camp site and gathered approximately 100 pounds of garbage. Misawa AB regularly holds cleanups in order to establish connections and build bonds with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Team Misawa Airmen rid Lake Ogawara, Misawa City, Japan, campsites of debris, leaving them safer and more beautiful for the local community to enjoy, Oct. 28.

The four-man team walked along a half-mile bend, picking up approximately 100 pounds of trash, ranging from small plastic bottles to a toilet seat that drifted to shore from the lake. They also took time to sort recyclables from combustible garbage.

“Personally, I think the locals are very appreciative of Saturday's cleanup,” said Senior Airman Darla Laubacher, a 35th Maintenance Squadron fuels systems technician. “Volunteering to clean up around the community definitely helps put Misawa AB -- and, by extension, ourselves as Airmen -- in a good light.”