Members of MCAS Yumaâ€™s Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron reached 110 consecutive days with no drug or alcohol related incidents.
â€œIn my experience, Iâ€™ve never seen a squadron of this size go that long without incident,â€ said Lt. Col. Keith Couch, the H&HS commanding officer.
The entire squadron was rewarded with a day off to show the leadershipâ€™s appreciation and admiration for everyoneâ€™s hard work.
â€œPositive reinforcement. It goes both ways. If you donâ€™t praise and only punish, people are less likely to keep trying,â€ said Couch. â€œYou see Marines doing great things and I donâ€™t think its particularly anything Iâ€™ve done except offer support. This highlights the good and gives Marines the recognition they deserve.â€
Though having good leadership always plays an important role, most leaders attribute their success to the Marines in their charge.
â€œI think the ones who have the biggest effect on a squadron are the NCOâ€™s, by mentoring the junior Marines and teaching them to look out for one another,â€ added Couch. â€œStaff NCOâ€™s and officers do have a critical role but the heard of it all is the NCOâ€™s.â€
On his way out of the squadron, Couch says this was a great ending note.
â€œI am very proud of the effort that every Marine has given,â€ said Couch. â€œItâ€™s not just about these last 101 days either. On a day to day basis, these Marines give theyâ€™re all and without it the base wouldnâ€™t function. Iâ€™m just proud to have been a part of it.â€
Leadership is optimistic about H&HSâ€™s keeping up their incident free streak and has high hopes for the unit.