DoD Honors Anti-Drug Fighters
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2002 Andre Hollis said he is "continually impressed" by the way American military and civilian personnel around the world give back to their communities.
Hollis, deputy assistant defense secretary for counternarcotics, told the audience at the Oct. 21 Red Ribbon Week Observance in the Pentagon that thousands of U.S. personnel dedicate hundreds of thousands of hours each year to help kids stay away from drugs.
Andre Hollis, deputy assistant defense secretary for counternarcotics, speaks at the opening ceremonies of Red Ribbon Week at the Pentagon Oct. 21, 2002. Joining Hollis are (seated from left) Miss USA Shauntay Hinton, Peggy Sapp from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and Texas Rep. Sylvestre Reyes. Photo by Jim Garamone.
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Red Ribbon Week is held annually to spotlight efforts to keep America drug free. The week is an outgrowth of a tribute to the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985. In 1990, the Defense Department joined the observance and began a yearly award to recognize outstanding anti-drug programs developed by the services, the National Guard and the defense agencies.
Miss USA Shauntay Hinton presented the awards to this year's recipients. They were:
- The Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Hood, Texas
- The Marine Corps Drug Demand Reduction Campaign at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
- Navy Patrol Squadron 30's program at the Naval Air Stattion in Jacksonville, Fla.
- The Drug Demand Reduction Program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- The Florida National Guard's "Knight Vision" Drug Demand Reduction Program
- The Defense Supply Center Columbus Employee Assistance Program in Ohio, also received awards.
Finally, Hinton presented the 2nd Annual Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-drug programs to the Dover, N.H., military-affiliated Youth-to-Youth Program.