March 4, 2016

Edwards AFB testers lend hand at Mountain Home

Kenji Thuloweit

Cleaning up in Idaho: Edwards Airmen volunteer to pick up trash outside Mountain Home Air Force Base while deployed for F-35A operational testing.

Airmen from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron and Air Force Operation Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 1 from Edwards took a break from F-35A operational testing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to help keep the serene Idaho scenery even more beautiful.
The eight Airmen volunteers worked three hours Feb. 20 to clean up more than a mile’s worth of land.
“We got in touch with the Mountain Home, Idaho, Parks and Recreation Department and they needed help cleaning up a bike/walking path,” said  Master Sgt. William Florence, Air Force Operatonal Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 1. “We cleaned up the 1.6 mile path by picking up trash, pulling weeds and picking up dog droppings. We ended up filling 13, 40-gallon trash bags during the cleanup. It took three hours with eight people.”
The Mountain Home Parks Office is going to work a letter of appreciation signed by the mayor for the eight Airmen who helped out.
Airmen and equipment from Edwards AFB are at Mountain Home AFB wrapping up a series of operational tests to determine just how capable the F-35A is in a forward deployed environment.

Airmen from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron and Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 1 pose for a group photo after volunteering to pick up trash along a 1.6 mile piece of land outside Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

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