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DAADD program combats DUIs

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Jared Duhon
  • 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Drinking and driving is a serious problem that not only endangers lives, but also negatively affects Team Dover's ability to "deliver" the mission.

In 2013, Dover Airmen Against Drunk Driving members helped 184 Airmen and racked up more than 4,400 volunteer hours.

"The 436th Airlift Wing's mission counts on every single Airman to be able to perform their assigned duties," said Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Bancroft, 436th Security Forces Squadron armory NCO-in-charge and DAADD president. "If someone is injured or killed while drinking and driving, that in-turn hurts the wings mission."

The DAADD program is run by volunteers and was created in 2010 to help combat alcohol related incidents.

"We provide Airmen a safe way to get home when their plans fall through," said Senior Airmen Chelsea Borders, 436th SFS command support staff administrator and DAADD vice president. "We do not ask for any information from the person, no negative actions will happen if you call and it is free."

The program generally runs on Fridays and Saturdays between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., but it is also available during major holidays. People can volunteer as a driver or a dispatcher.

"As a dispatcher, I have a list of the drivers for the night and will call them as needed," said Airman 1st Class Tuck Barry, 436th Maintenance Squadron crew chief. "When the night starts I call command post and let them know to forward me the calls. Some nights we have two or three calls but most nights we have none."

The service is free and anonymous.

"Some Airmen are afraid to call because they think they'll get punished," said Barry. "But, we only track numbers. We ask for no names or even what squadron the person is from. I know for a fact that it's better to call DAADD then getting a DUI."

To utilize DAADD, call (308) 677-6000 on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.