AADD volunteers take care of fellow Airmen

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- “How bad would it feel coming to work and knowing that a fellow Airman you worked with, or someone in the next squadron was killed because there was nobody there to help them get home?” asked president of the Cannon Airmen Against Drunk Driving program Senior Airman Brianna Scott, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron. 

That is her no-holds barred response to the question, “Why should someone volunteer with AADD?” 

“There are people out there, no matter how many times you tell them drinking and driving is bad [who] aren’t going to listen,” said Airman Scott. That is precisely the reason AADD needs more volunteers. 

Hours of training are not required, but volunteers can get help anytime. “I can tell them over the phone what they need to do,” said Airman Scott. 

Willingness to help, being 18 years or older and having a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance are the only items needed to begin the process of volunteering with AADD. 

“It makes you feel good to know you picked someone up and you helped them. Going out and making sure that person gets home,” said Airman Scott, but she also says there are additional benefits for Airmen volunteers beside feeling good. 

Since becoming involved in AADD, “a lot of the first sergeants and commanders know me,” she said, stressing that while her first reason for involvement is helping others, it also looks good on Enlisted Performance Reviews (EPRs). 

Although volunteers may not be dispatched every time they are on call, they are reminded, “preventing even a single DUI/DWI and keeping these intoxicated individuals off the road where they jeopardize the safety of others [makes] AADD … a success,” according to the AADD brochure. 

For more information or to vounteer, call Airman Scott at 784-7903