Soldiers with the 82nd Sustainment Brigade began Operation Clean Sweep May 21 through 25. Operation Clean Sweep, a post-wide, XVIII Airborne Corps-mandated area beautification project, aimed at maintaining the professional appearance of Fort Bragg.

“Operation Clean Sweep is about taking pride in our work area,” said Staff Sgt. David McCubbin, 82nd Sustainment Brigade mortuary affairs noncommissioned officer and El Paso, Texas native.

“When people visit Fort Bragg we want it to look good,” he said.

With the recent Army cut backs on personnel, Soldiers are playing an increasingly significant role in post operations such as Clean Sweep.

“This is something we should have been doing all along,” said Staff Sgt. Jovano Graves, 82nd Sustainment Brigade quality assurance and quality control NCO and native of Puerto Rico. “Now that we are cutting back on contractors, we need to ensure that Soldiers are taking care of those areas that used to be under contract.”

Operation Clean Sweep builds camaraderie among Soldiers and builds pride in their post and their individual units.

“Operation Clean Sweep helps you re-form that bond with your co-workers through physical labor that you don’t get in your everyday work environment,” said Spc. Noah Clark, 82nd Sustainment Bde. healthcare specialist and Tacoma, Wash. native. “I get peace of mind knowing that I’m working with my hands, getting something accomplished, and that I got to help improve Fort Bragg in the process,” he said.

“We looked at what we could improve in our working area,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tyraze Clayton, 82nd Sustainment Bde. NCOIC of medical operations and Ft. Lauderdale Fla. native. “We work here every day and we want it to look as professional as possible. How our area of operation looks is a direct reflection upon the brigade.”

Cutbacks notwithstanding, Fort Bragg will maintain its professional appearance through Operation Clean Sweep and the hard work of Soldiers from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade.