The Department of Defense awarded the 15th annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness awards and the 5th annual Secretary of Defense Fulcrum Shield award today during opening ceremonies of the 15th annual "Red Ribbon Week" at the Pentagon.
Winners of the Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness award are:
Army Substance Abuse Program, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Campaign Drug Free, U.S. Navy; Camp Pendleton Drug Demand Reduction Program, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; U.S. Air Force Academy, Drug Demand Reduction Program; New York National Guard, Brainstorm Program and the Defense Logistics Agency: Defense Depot Susquehanna.
The Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness award is presented to programs in each of the services and National Guard that exemplify the departments best efforts to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles to our military members and civilians.
The Laurel Bay Youth Center at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. was this years winner of the Secretary of Defense Fulcrum Shield award, created by the Office of the Deputy Assistant of Defense for Counternarcotics as a means of recognizing youth organizations affiliated with the military that have made recognizable strides in spreading the anti-drug message throughout their communities.
The Fulcrum Shield award is named in honor of the five military personnel from Fort Bliss who were killed in an airplane crash in 1999 while on a counterdrug reconnaissance mission in Colombia.
Since 1990, the Secretary of Defense has recognized Red Ribbon Week to acknowledge the department's community drug awareness efforts. Various defense-related agencies will have displays on the Pentagon Concourse through Wednesday, Oct. 26, highlighting anti-drug outreach efforts in the defense community.