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Combat Center families enjoy a ride on a miniature train through Lincoln Military Housing Athletic Field parking lot during the Earth Day Extravaganza, April 24, 2015. The event also provided a live performance from local band Desert Soul. (Official Marine Corps by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd/ Released)

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Combat Center’s Earth Week concludes with extravaganza

29 Apr 2015 | Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Approximately 3,700 Combat Center patrons celebrated the Earth Day Extravaganza hosted by Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and Lincoln Military Housing at the LMH Athletic Field, April 24, 2015.

LMH and NREA gave Combat Center service members and their families a chance to learn about the ample network of Combat Center programs and facilities that support the installation’s progressive conservation standards and energy initiatives. NREA co-sponsored the event with LMH to provide an entertaining and informational experience for those who attended.

“The goal, while planning this event, was to give the families a chance to have fun while exposing them to the information,” said Monalisaleilani Atuatasi, administrative assistant and events coordinator, LMH.

NREA provided representatives from its various departments, such as the Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center, Hazardous Waste Management, Range Sustainment Branch, Environmental Law Enforcement, and Water Resources, to give information on the conservation programs aboard the base.

Parents and children were also given the opportunity to observe and interact with desert tortoises, Thelma and Louise, from the Curation Center.

According to Atuatasi, the celebration was set up in a circle to draw the families toward the booths of information about the programs aboard the base.

Additionally, booths from the other base programs were present, such as Commissary, "Cooking Matters in the Store" program and TruGreen LandCare.

“I think it’s great to see so many people come together and learn about these things,” said Cat Arias, program coordinator, Cooking Matters at the Store. “Having all of these people here means we can hopefully teach them new things.”

LMH offered different rides including: a miniature Ferris wheel, a giant inflatable slide, and a miniature train ride for participants to enjoy. The event also provided a live performance from local band Desert Soul.

According to Atuatasi, the goal of this celebration was to give service members and their families an informative and entertaining experience.

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