SWANTON, Ohio --
More than 40 Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, collected 57 bags of trash during the wing’s annual roadside clean-up efforts April 8, 2017, in Swanton, Ohio.
The 180FW established a partnership with Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful Adopt-A-Road program more than 20 years ago when the wing officially adopted the five mile stretch of road in March, 1997.
An affiliate of the national, Keep America Beautiful organization, the local KT/LCB Adopt-A-Road program was first established in 1993. Created with an emphasis on instilling community pride, the program raises awareness on the importance of litter prevention and improving the appearance of county roads and residential streets throughout Lucas County.
Introduced as a pilot program, KT/LCB joined forces with the Lucas County Solid Waste Management District and modeled the program after the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
The first stretch of road, on Reynolds Road between Airport Highway and Elmer Drive, was adopted by the Reynolds Corner Rotary in hopes of setting the example for future participants.
By 1994, the program had grown to 50 adoption sites with half located within Toledo and the other half throughout the county.
“Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of solid waste handling options for businesses, organizations and residents so that everyone takes personal responsibility to improve our environment,” said Juliana Sample, executive director of Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc. “We are dedicated to establishing greener communities through environmental education, litter prevention and voluntary partnerships.”
Boasting a long tradition of supporting our surrounding the Northwest Ohio region, 180FW Airmen are fully integrated into our local communities and are invested in the safety and quality of life within those areas. Our Stinger Airmen are dedicated to giving back to those communities who provide the foundational support to our missions, our Airmen and their families.
“As citizen soldiers, the 180FW and the surrounding community is not just where we work - it's our home,” said Col. Scott Reed, 180FW vice wing commander. “I am proud of our member's commitment to making this area a better, more beautiful place to live.”
As part of the Air Force Community Partnership program, the 180FW is dedicated to developing relationships with the community to enhance cooperation and build mutually beneficial relationships. By maximizing the intellectual capital and innovative spirit of Airmen and community leaders in Northwest Ohio and across the nation, the 180FW can develop creative ways to accomplish our mission and strengthen local communities.
“The 180FW is proud to partner with KT/LCB to establish greener communities through environmental education and litter prevention,” said Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Golden, avionics specialist and coordinator of this year’s Adopt-A-Road clean-up efforts. “Our participation in the Adopt-a-Road program is just one way of showing that we are proud members of the local community and how much we appreciate the unwavering support that they have provided us.”