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Airmen save own lives through AADD

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Morgan
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
In a culture where responsible decision making is key to saving lives, Air Force Airmen have a program combining the Air Force's Wingman concept with the 36th Wing's "I Can Save My Own Life" campaign. Airmen Against Drunk Driving is a resource anyone from Team Andersen may use for a safe ride home.
Airmen Against Drunk Driving is a volunteer program in which Airmen help other Airmen.
The program is available from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights ensuring that Airmen have an option other than driving under the influence.
Master Sgt. Morris Miller, the first sergeant for the 36th Mission Support Squadron, said the program is great when it's used properly.
"AADD should be used as a last resort when plans A, B, C, D and E have all been exhausted," he said.
Sergeant Miller elaborated, "There are instances, when someone wasn't planning to go out and drink, and ended up drinking. In this case there was no plan because it was not planned to go drink in the first place. AADD is a good program for these instances as well." 
Volunteers receive calls from Team Andersen members who need a ride home after consuming alcohol and their primary plans have failed.
When someone calls AADD, the volunteers take down the caller's location and a description of what the Airman is wearing.
The service is provided anonymously, so names are not recorded during the ride.
Volunteers who drive for AADD do it to be good wingmen, said Airman 1st Class Dacia Pascoe, a cable and antennae maintenance technician of the 36th Communications Squadron.
"I volunteer for AADD because I want to help other Airmen," she said. "We basically ensure that the Airmen make it home safely. This is the Wingman concept at its best."
Through AADD Airmen not only save their own lives they also save the lives of their fellow Airmen.

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