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Members of the Child Development Center and 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron work with children to prepare soil for tree planting during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day event hosted by the Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, Calif. The Earth Day event raised the children’s awareness in protecting green environment and safeguarding planet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

Members of the Child Development Center and 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron work with children to prepare soil for tree planting during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day event hosted by the Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, California. The Earth Day event raised the children’s awareness in protecting green environment and safeguarding planet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

Mr. Joshua Jones, member of the 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron, assists children at the Child Development Center to prepare soil for tree planting during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day event hosted by the Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, California. The Earth Day event raised the children’s awareness in protecting green environment and safeguarding planet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

Mr. Joshua Jones, member of the 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron, assists children at the Child Development Center to prepare soil for tree planting during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day event hosted by the Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, California. The Earth Day event raised the children’s awareness in protecting green environment and safeguarding planet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

Mr. Joshua Jones, 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron, assists youngsters at the Child Development Center in preparing soil for tree planting during the 51st anniversary of Earth Day event held at Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, California.  It’s up to Guardians, Airmen and their families to monitor the vital signs of the planet to improve our lives, safeguard our future and defend our nation. Earth Day celebrations raise environmental awareness and involve base personnel in creating a cleaner, healthier world. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

Mr. Joshua Jones, 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron, assists youngsters at the Child Development Center in preparing soil for tree planting during the 51st anniversary of Earth Day event held at Los Angeles Air Force Base on April 22, 2021, El Segundo, California. It’s up to Guardians, Airmen and their families to monitor the vital signs of the planet to improve our lives, safeguard our future and defend our nation. Earth Day celebrations raise environmental awareness and involve base personnel in creating a cleaner, healthier world. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Los Angeles Air Force Base celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2021, by encouraging Guardians, Airmen and Civilian employees and their families to take an active role in becoming environmental stewards. To cultivate the base community’s “Green Thumb,” base environmentalists taught children how to care for plants, handed out potted plants to base employees and residents and collected electronic waste or E-waste.

This year’s theme, “Do Your Part – Protect the Earth, Support the Mission,” highlighted the Defense Department’s commitment to help tackle the climate crisis, which senior leaders believe is key to defending the nation.

“As members of the Space Force, we play a vital role in preserving the long-term sustainability of the earth and the space domain we all share,” said Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond. “We are committed to being great stewards as we protect and defend our nation from above.”

Mr. Joshua Jones, 61st Civil Engineer Logistics Squadron, spent part of the day with youngsters at the Child Development Center, planting flowers and teaching them how to care for plants. He told the children how important it was to care about our nature’s beauty and the importance of preserving earth’s resources.  Later, he arranged the collection of electronic items during the E-Waste Recycling event. The recycling event encouraged Airmen and Guardians to turn in high-tech items so that we can conserve, preserve and restore the environment.

While the Air Force and Space Force have made significant strides in becoming an environmental stewards, it takes the creative minds of Airmen and Guardians to ensure it remains that way.