Officials work to create culture of responsible choices

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
With all the time and effort that goes into accomplishing Team McChord's mission, there's no room for error caused by irresponsible drinking and illegal drug use by Airmen. 

In an effort to encourage Airmen to make more conscientious choices, base officials are urging them to take an active role in the Culture of Responsible Choices, according to the Air Force Crossroads Web site. 

The program, which was announced by the Air Force at the beginning of the year, encourages Airmen to be aware of certain behaviors that can impair mission readiness, according to the Web site. 

The four-tiered approach of the program emphasizes leadership and base as well as community-level involvement to stress responsible behavior. 

"Alcohol misuse and illegal drug use are incompatible with Air Force core values," said Lt. Gen. Arthur Lichte, Air Force assistant vice chief of staff and director of staff. "The misuse of either represents a clear and present danger to Air Force missions, morale and discipline." 

Airmen are faced with choices every day, and sometimes it's up to leadership or peers to lead them in the right direction, said Col. Jerry Martinez, 62nd Airlift Wing commander.
The 0-0-1-3 program is just one example of programs McChord is
using to help promote CoRC. 

"Our Airmen are looking to build a successful career or future for themselves, and it is our responsibility to help lead them in the right direction," he said. "It's also the responsibility of each individual to make the right decisions and understand the consequences of the wrong ones." 

The success behind the 0-0-1-3 alcohol abuse prevention program in the past was because of support at the top levels, said Staff Sgt. Charleen Jones, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron, who's also a counselor with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention program here. 

"It reduced the number of alcohol incidents because the wing commanders were pushing it," she said. "That's the key to the success in [any] program." 

The 0-0-1-3 program, which stresses that Airmen should not drink while underage or drive while under the influence, and have only one alcoholic beverage per hour, with a maximum of three drinks per night, is heavily publicized on base. The message is written on posters all over the base and the formula was even printed on water bottles and key chains, serving as a constant reminder of the program. 

"Airmen should remember that the only guaranteed way to not get a DUI is not drinking at all. However, for those Airmen who choose to drink, she said the program is a good way to teach them to drink responsibly," said Sergeant Jones. "It's definitely a step in the right direction."