"The Air Force does not tolerate the illegal or improper use of drugs by Air Force Personnel, the AF policy [also] recognizes that alcohol abuse negatively affects public behavior, duty performance, and/or physical and Mental Health" as stated in AFI 44-212.
This is why a program is needed to reduce the number of DWIs/DUIs for Dyess AFB personnel will help increase productivity and overall enhance the morale or our fellow wingmen. It may be unrealistic to say a program against drinking and driving will completely eliminate all DWIs/DUIs, but it is a start to make people aware of what is a continuous plague among our community.
It takes approximately one and a half hours to metabolize a standard drink (1.5 ounces ethyl alcohol) that is consumed. For every standard drink a male consumes, his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) will increase approximately .02, while for a female, her BAC will increase .03 per drink. The purpose of this program is not to stop people from drinking; it is to make personnel aware that it is their choice whether or not to drink as well as doing it safely and responsibly.
A way for Dyess and the community to improve and work together to help bring to an end drinking and driving is through a program entitled: Dyess Against Drunk Driving. The objective of the DADD volunteer program is to create a culture of prevention and accountability; a culture of DADD. DADD would accomplish this mission by offering free, safe rides to all personnel with DoD Identification cards who cannot and should not be driving after alcohol consumption. This includes all active duty personnel, reserve, civilians, and dependents.
Operation hours will be during peak social hours of 2200- 0300, Friday and Saturday nights to ensure that our services are available when needed. Dispatchers for the night will only ask minimal questions to be able to safely locate, recognize, and transport personnel to their drop-off location. Since there is no charge for the ride, the dispatched team will only transport personnel to a safe location. DADD will not transport from one establishment to another, nor from one group gathering to another.
Although DADD encourages people to have a plan, DADD would rather be the plan than for individuals to "wing it", or take a chance on a DD that's had a couple.
*This program is 100% anonymous and confidential, with no reprimands from any peers or leadership; DADD is here to help, not condemn or ostracize.
Scope of Service
- Commencement of committee
DADD is a self ran committee of 5 offices; Chair, Co-Chair, Senior NCO mentor, NCO mentor, and marketing/treasurer. Elections will be held annually unless otherwise specified due to unforeseen circumstances. These elections will take place within the committee meetings that will be opened up to others, not just to committee officials, Group POCs, but to volunteers or any outside voices offering any comments, questions, concerns and/or tips for the program itself. Meetings will be determined by the Chair once program is launched.
Current Committee Officials:
· Co-Chairs: SrA Mikel Fair & SrA Ashley Hawkins
· NCO Mentor: SSgt Ivory Mosher
· SNCO Mentor: MSgt David Roux
· Officer Mentor: Maj Partrick Bass
· Marketing: open
DADD service will provide safe rides from 2200 to 0300 every Friday and Saturday night unless otherwise noted. Service will also be provided nights before ACC/AMC Family Days, posted holidays and at the request from wing leadership.
DADDs committee will run and organize the events and weekend duty schedule for all of base. This is a base wide program including but not limiting each base Group, 317th, special organizations/groups (Top 3, chiefs group, ALS, FTAC, AAC etc.). This will do one of two things: 1. Make personnel more aware of this program, and 2. Place responsibility on all to have a safer environment, not just the few that would previously volunteer for the "wingman phone".
The way this will work is there will be a distributed schedule to the Group POCs and organization POCs, to know in advance what month/weekends they have the duty. There will be appointed Group POCs as well as alternate Group POCs who will be in charge of getting volunteers for their designated month of duty. It will be the Group POCs responsibility to identify and provide the necessary bodies (minimum of 3) to volunteer and support DADD per operating nights of duty.
The names of these volunteers will need to be sent to the DADD committee (DADD@dyess.af.mil
) before their weekend shift, NLT the Wednesday before the duty weekend. The day of specified duty, all volunteers will meet up at a centralized hub (Soul Fire café) 15 minutes prior to their 2200 shift for roll-call and any last preparations.
DADDs Centralized hub will be located at Soul Fire Café right behind the Dyess AFB library. The purpose of this hub is to create a uniform system for all Groups and volunteers to be able to identify and locate with ease. The hub will be where all volunteers meet up and stay during the duration of DADD hours. The dispatch appointed person will always remain at the hub, even while drivers are out doing a pick-up. Once the hours of operation commence, all volunteers are to be at the centralized hub until a pick-up is needed only then are two personnel (a male AND a female) to go together to carry out this request.
Once the night is over the volunteers will be responsible for the tidiness and proper closing procedures provided to us by Soul fire Café. The alternate hub location will be at Barnes Hall in the dorm day room. The shift leader will notify the other volunteers to move to alternate location if Soul Fire Café is not open or if there is a maintenance issue at the café.
The volunteer members of the weekend will have signed the ROE and acknowledged the procedures and responsibilities of DADD prior to the 2200 start of their duty. The Dispatcher is the "shift leader" for the night they're assigned, they will be the primary in charge person for the shift should any issues arise.
Even though the shift leader is in charge, all volunteers will be held accountable for their actions during their shift. Once duty hours commence the appointed dispatcher will never leave the phone unattended for the duration of the operation hours. When calls are received for DADD pick-up, the telephone operator will follow the telephone checklist to ensure all necessary information is gathered from the caller. The check list will then be given to the driver and drivers escort.
The driver and drivers escort (male and female) will be dispatched from the hub taking with them the telephone checklist that the operator filled out from the call, private cell phone, applicable maps, and "road kit" bag.
When passengers are picked-up, all that will be requested is proof of DoD identification, nothing else. Things such as trying to determine if someone is underage or what squadron they belong to is not permitted due to our 100% confidentiality rule. The driving team will notify the operator back at the hub when they arrived at passenger pick-up location, when they are enroute to passenger destination and when they arrive at the passenger drop-off location. Passenger drop-off will be their place of residence and will not be any place of entertainment, bar, club or place of social gathering. Once the drop-off is completed, the driving team will head back to the centralized hub until another request for DADD's ride service is required.
-Training and rules of engagement for volunteers
There is no training specified for DADD volunteers, all that is needed is for each volunteer to read and sign the Responsibilities and ROE worksheet as well as the Soul Fire Café Responsibility Liability sheet, prior to their shift. They must have a valid U.S. drivers license, DoD ID, proof of insurance/registration and cannot be under any influence of alcohol/drugs. If a volunteer is a no-show without prior coordination, the individuals first shirt will be notified and a replacement must take his/her place. A minimum of 3 personnel is required per night, more is preferred.
For the duration of the night volunteers must stay at the central hub unless given permission from the Shift Leader. An example of an acceptable leave is to go to mid-night chow at the DFAC but again Shifter leader must know where all volunteers are at all times and volunteers must have their personal phones on them at all times as well.