Health & Safety

February 28, 2014

These numbers may be sobering

The aftermath of a single vehicle DUI accident near the intersection of Rosamond Blvd. and Lancaster Blvd. on Edwards AFB May 23, 2013. The driver, a senior airman from the 412th Security Forces Squadron, died at the scene.

Numbers do not lie. They can show the “truth” as an answer to a mathematical problem. They can also tell a story in the way of statistics.

In this story, the truth is that drunk driving, since 2003, has killed twice as many Americans than all U.S. military casualties since the beginning of the Vietnam War.

U.S. Military Casualties since the beginning of the Vietnam War – 65,180

U.S. Drunk Driving Casualties 2003 – 2012 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) – 119,115

There’s no data yet for 2013, but the U.S. averages more than 10,000 DUI-related deaths per year.

Here at Edwards AFB, six Airmen have been arrested for DUI since the beginning of 2014: a first lieutenant; staff sergeant; three senior airmen and an airman basic. Five were arrested off base and one on.

Last year, Edwards had 14 DUI arrests, including one fatality on base.

These numbers, while truthful and accurate, are not acceptable to Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander.

“This [past] week we’ve had our sixth DUI since the beginning of the calendar year, so if you think about it, we’re about seven weeks into the year and we’re almost getting one a week,” said Brewer. “At best, we’ve had six lost careers, six altered futures, and for what? Absolutely nothing. At worst, we end up killing ourselves or we kill somebody else.”

Brewer cited that on average the United States loses five times the amount of Americans each year to DUIs than the total number of combat losses in the entire Afghanistan conflict.

“We have to do better.”

Brewer wants all Airman alike to use the 0-0-1-3 “Drink Responsibly” Program.

“Zero drinks if you’re underage. Zero drinks, ZERO, if you’re going to be driving. No more than one drink an hour. No more than three drinks a night.”

The Air Force has a “zero-tolerance” policy toward underage drinking and problem use of alcohol. When problems arise, the Air Force applies a two-pronged approach of treatment and prevention.

An integral part of the prevention approach is the Air Force’s “Culture of Responsible Choices” program, which serves as a prevention and awareness campaign across every Air Force base, emphasizing drinking as one of many lifestyle choices active-duty members make each and every day that could affect combat readiness. A standardized component of this initiative with respect to drinking is the 0-0-1-3 campaign.

The concept behind 0-0-1-3 is to encourage responsible alcohol consumption among Air Force personnel in order to create a common social norm, blending it into Air Force core values, its culture, and eventually, its traditions.

The principles of 0-0-1-3 were initially piloted at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., in 2004 with success. Within the first two quarters, the base had shown a 27-percent decrease in DUI rates and a 74- percent decrease in underage drinking incidents.

Edwards Airmen are reminded of the Airman Against Drunk Driving program as well. Airmen can call (661) 277-AADD(2233) if they are in the surrounding an area and need a ride back to base.

There were a lot of numbers in this article, they can be sobering, and some can save a life.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs April 17, 2015

STEM Expo The Antelope Valley Union High School District needs volunteers to serve as judges for the first Annual STEM Expo 5:30 p.m., April 27 at Eastside High School. Students will be evaluated in seven categories: Environmental/Agricultural Innovation, Invention, Reverse Engineering, Robotics and Computer Science, Rube Goldberg, Science Fiction, and Science Inquiry. Eastside High School...
 
 

Sexual assault survivor: One Airman’s story

- By a Survivor WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a hot topic — one addressed in annual training and at commander’s calls throughout the Air Force — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable. These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned, listeners don’t...
 
 
cmsaf

Q&A with the CMSAF

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from March 31 to April 2. During his visit, Cody met with Airmen to discuss morale, w...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic

CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III addresses the audience during his speech at the Air Force Association’s monthly Breakfast Series in Arlington, Va., April 2. The Air Force...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Command chief shares secrets to success for enlisted

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief hosted a mandatory enlisted all-call at the base theater April 13. Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief ...
 
 
DoD
Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Mai...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>