Frank Cable Sailors Volunteer to Help Reclaim Public Parks

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Story Number: NNS140826-03Release Date: 8/26/2014 2:34:00 AM

By Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg House, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

DEDEDO, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) volunteered to help Island Girl Power, a community service organization for young girls in Guam, clean and renovate a series of public parks that have been neglected for a number of years in Dededo, Guam, Aug. 23.

Frank Cable and Island Girl Power have been working on this park since July 2, but this isn't the first time the two have worked together.

"It's great when the Frank Cable comes out to help," said Juanita Blaz, the program director for Island Girl Power. "We have a long history with Frank Cable helping us out with many of our projects over the years."

Along with the benefits for the community, Sailors can feel a sense of achievement after taking part.

"I love meeting with the local civilians and connecting with the community," said Religious Programs Specialist Seaman Lester Williams. "I think the most important thing is looking around and seeing what we are accomplishing for the community."

When the project started in July, the park had piles of garbage, old tires and was overgrown with weeds, Now, as the volunteers finish with this park, the basketball court has a fresh coat of paint, the weeds and garbage have been taken out and mulch is being laid down to help new grass grow.

"It's just the right thing to do," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class Sierra Clemmons, another volunteer from Frank Cable.

Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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