Fairbanks Chamber to Host Annual Community Partnership Day Project on Fort Wainwright this Wednesday, August 14
FAIRBANKS, AK – On Wednesday, August 14, members of the Fairbanks Chamber’s military affairs committee will be working on a beautification project with local soldiers and airman to clean up the area on Fort Wainwright from Glass Park to the Steese Highway as part of the 12th annual Community Partnership Day project that is hosted annually by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
Civilians from the community and service members from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska Air National Guard, Fort Wainwright Army Post, and the Alaska Army National Guard will collect trash and debris in the designated project area. The project work will begin at 9am.
"We selected the area from Glass Road to the Steese Highway/Gaffney Road to the Chena River for several reasons, primarily because these areas have been somewhat neglected over the past few years,” said Felicia Jackson, Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security for Fort Wainwright Garrison.
During the Borough-wide annual Clean Up Day project, this area is not generally covered by either the Fairbanks or Fort Wainwright communities. A number of people have camped there and have not cleaned up the site after they left. “We want this area to be safe and clean for all who choose to use it. Whether it is the bikers along the bike path, the boaters on the Chena River or the vehicles entering the Fort Wainwright main gate, we want everyone to enjoy the area around them,” said Jackson.
The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee is considering this as a potential future project for the annual Community Partnership Day project where volunteers can continue to improve the area each year until it is a place where families can enjoy with trails and possibly picnic tables and more.
This year’s event is co-chaired by Lorna Shaw, Government Affairs manager for Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC, and Mike Sfraga, Vice-Chancellor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, both of which serve on the Chamber’s military affairs committee and the event is sponsored by the Boeing Company.
“This annual event helps strengthen military-civilian community partnerships,” said Lisa Herbert, Executive Director for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. “It provides civilians and service members the opportunity to roll-up their sleeves, work side-by-side and get to know each other on a more personable level.”
After the project wraps up local military leaders, mayors, members from Alaska’s Interior Delegation, and other distinguished civic leaders will serve as “celebrity chefs” to cook and serve lunch to the volunteers at 12pm.
Community Partnership Day shows community support of our military, alternating projects between Eielson Air Force Base and Ft. Wainwright Army Post annually. Past projects have included setting up playground equipment at Eielson, clearing a nature trail at Ft. Wainwright, clearing grounds for the memorial park at Ft. Wainwright, beautifying the entrance to Eielson, among other projects. The first event was held in 2001 and has alternated between both military installations each year.
Media personnel are invited to cover this event. In order to gain access to Fort Wainwright, you are required to submit notice in advance of your intent to cover this event to Lisa Herbert at 374-6706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo identification will be required at the gate.