33rd CBCS plants trees in honor of Arbor Day

Members of the 33rd Combat Communications Squadron, Airfield Systems Flight. Tinker Air Force Base, Okla, stake down their tree in celebration of Arbor Day recently.  Pictured from left to right are:  Staff Sgt. Christopher Huckins, Senior Airman Sara Tallman, Tec. Sgt. Robert Gozum, Airman 1st Class Joel Gregory, Tech. Sgt. Alfredo Ceniceros, and Staff Sgt Ray Quiosay. (US Air Force photo by Airman Jasper DeGuzman)

Members of the 33rd Combat Communications Squadron, Airfield Systems Flight, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla, stake down their tree in celebration of Arbor Day recently. Pictured from left to right are: Staff Sgt. Christopher Huckins, Senior Airman Sara Tallman, Tec. Sgt. Robert Gozum, Airman 1st Class Joel Gregory, Tech. Sgt. Alfredo Ceniceros, and Staff Sgt Ray Quiosay. (US Air Force photo by Airman Jasper DeGuzman)

Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. -- National Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Friday in April, though Oklahoma takes the holiday one step further celebrating with a full Arbor Weel held March 21-27.

Festivities include planting trees, and the 33rd Combat Communications Squadron from Tinker Air Force Base was no exception. In fact, the 33rd CBCS planted four trees to grace their entryway green strip, two caddo maples and two cedar elms.

Twenty-five squadron members took part to help dig the holes, anchor the trees and pack the ground. Leadership provided on-hand support as each flight raced to plant their tree first.

The base tree farm provided each flight in the squadron their tree for free. The base tree farm - a resource many don't know even exists - was established in 1994. The two-acre farm is located on the west side of the Mitchell Heights housing area and for the potential of 2,000 trees at a time. The farm grows only Oklahoma-native trees including, cedar elm, eastern redbud, chinquapin oak and caddo maple.

The base tree farm supports plantings in the local area. Recently, the farm has planted trees at the base golf course, Soldier Creek, Midwest City Chamber of Commerce and Rose State College

Arbor Day is a unique holiday in America. "Other holidays repose upon the past. Arbor Day proposes for the future," said J. Sterling Morton, former Secretary of Agriculture for President Grover Cleveland and founder of Arbor Day.