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JROTC cadets clear up Long Beach trail

TINIAN — Surprisingly, even amid summer break, the Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion cadets are still being active in the community. They took part in the Beautify my Marianas program and for their agenda on Wednesday, June 17, the cadets headed up north of the island to Unai Dångkulu, also known as “Long Beach” at 7:30 a.m.

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Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion cadets with Tinian Mayor’s Office, DLNR, and MVA personnel.  Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photo

They started getting to work at 8 o’clock, doing laborious tasks such as chopping excessive tree branches and plants, carefully handling heavy-duty equipment, and disposing of debris. Cadets had to wear ACU’s or Army Combat Uniform since they were going to be out in the thick jungle doing manual labor under the hot sun.

Beautify my Marianas is a program of the Marianas Visitors Authority to allow student groups from Tinian, Saipan, and Rota to raise money for their causes. $100 is offered for each cleanup done in a designated area. Not only that, but the importance of the mission is to induce the significance of keeping the environment clean and safe and to instill a sense of satisfaction in securing the beauty of our islands.

About an hour after JROTC started their work, a few men from the Tinian Mayor’s Office, DLNR crew, and MVA came up to offer their assistance. They took over the heavy-duty equipment, boosting up the cleaning process. Despite having a small number of cadets helping out, they managed to clear up a large portion of the extensive trail in just three hours.

Even with the extreme heat that day, the cadets gladly did their best to clear up that trail with the help of the Tinian Mayor’s Office, DLNR, and MVA. Now tourists and locals who hike up there will be able to venture safely.

That’s one less ruffled area that needs to be worried about. The Stallion Battalion’s drive never really stops even during summer break! Hooah!