Green in ’19 grows with Earth Day events Published April 1, 2019 By Airman Kiaundra Miller 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild is scheduled to host several events throughout April and May in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day. All members of the Fairchild community are welcome to attend these family-friendly events. A list of events for the upcoming month include: ● An Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 2 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center. There will be Earth Day activities and lunch with the younger children. ● An Arbor Day event from 9:30-11 a.m. April 10 at Miller Park. Volunteers will assist fifth-graders from Michael Anderson Elementary in planting trees. ● An Earth Day-themed story time with the Base Environmental Office at 10 a.m. April 17 at the base Library. Volunteers will also hand out Earth Day-inspired temporary tattoos to the children that attend. ● An Earth Day event to allow preschoolers to plant seeds in bio-base flower pots from 9-11 a.m. April 30 at the Child Development Center. ● An Arbor Day Event to plant a garden at the Teen Center on May 7. “Events like these help Airmen get out and give back to their community,” said Tyler Smith, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron environmental element chief. “If they give back to their environment as well, that can also be rewarding.” These events align with the commander’s “Green in ‘19” initiative to bring more attention to the environment and to show Airmen the importance of being environmentally-conscious. “We are very excited for the upcoming events in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day,” said Col. Derek Salmi, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “We appreciate the 92nd CES for adding additional events in support of our ‘Green in ‘19’ initiative.” The 92nd CES invites the Team Fairchild community to come and enjoy Arbor Day and Earth Day events throughout April and May. The events show Airmen how integral being environmentally-aware is and set an example for the generations to come. “The events are a perfect fit for ‘Green in ‘19’,” said Shawn Woodard, Natural and Cultural Resources manager. “These are the types of activities that reinforce the importance of natural resources.” These events are especially beneficial when Airmen apply what they’ve learned to better the base, their careers and the mission in their day-to-day lives. This improves the overall quality of base, our Airmen and the efficiency in which the mission is accomplished, Smith said.