Five AADD volunteers reach milestone

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  • By Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin
  • 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Many Airmen stationed here and at bases around the Air Force spend their time volunteering for Airmen Against Drunk Driving. In 2012, a select few reached the 75-hour volunteer milestone.

Senior Airman Christopher Farris, 355th Logistic Readiness Squadron AADD president, Staff Sgt. Bruce Liu, 355th Security Forces Squadron, Senior Airman Sunny Mlinko, 25th Operational Weather Squadron, Senior Airman Stephen Dodge 55th Electronic Combat Group and Airman 1st Class Aaron Tocco, 355th Operations Support Squadron, were recognized by the base commander for their outstanding citizenship and volunteerism.

Each AADD volunteer has their own reasons for getting involved with the program. Farris said the chance to make a difference in the military and civilian communities appealed to him.

"Not only are you helping military members make a safe choice so they don't ruin their careers or hurt anybody, you are also helping your community," Farris said. "By utilizing AADD, you are taking drunk drivers off the road."

As a result of hitting the third tier of the rewards program, these Airmen receive a gold certificate, the base command chief's coin and their names are added to a plaque in the education center. Each Airman is presented with their certificate and coin at a commander's call.

Airmen Against Drunk Driving are looking into the possibility of providing T-shirts and gas cards for those who volunteer 75 or 100 hours with the program. Drivers typically pay out of pocket for all expenses including gas, so the gas cards would help ease the financial responsibility of being an AADD volunteer.

The program is available Friday and Saturday nights 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with exceptions for holiday weekends. On average, AADD has eight drivers a night, as well as a call coordinator.

For any Airman interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Farris at 228-2609. For those whose "plan A" and "plan B" fail, the AADD phone number is 850-2233.