U.S. Department of Defense News Release
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2001 The Department of Defense today
announced the recipients for the 2001 Secretary of Defense Community
Drug Awareness Awards. The Secretary of Defense's Community Drug
Awareness Awards are presented each year to recognize both servicemembers
become involved in keeping communities drug-free, and outstanding
community anti-drug outreach programs.
The Defense Department also announced the winners of the 1st Annual
Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Programs.
This award is named in honor of the five military personnel from
Fort Bliss, Texas who were killed in an airplane crash in 1999 while
on a counterdrug reconnaissance mission in Colombia. The award recognizes
military-affiliated youth organizations around the world who have
made concerted efforts at spreading the anti-drug message throughout
The winners of the 2001 Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness
Awards are: The 9th Reserve Support Command Drug, Alcohol and Drug
Abuse Prevention and Control Program, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; The
Naval Support Activity Mid-South Chief Petty Officer's Association,
Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Twentynine Palms,
Drug Demand Reduction Program, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.;
New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force's Corps of Cadets
The Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) Employee Assistance Program,
The Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Programs
is being presented to two groups: The Young Marines National Headquarters,
Washington, D.C.; The Idaho Drug Free Youth program, Coeur d'Alene,
Each year, the Defense Department officially recognizes Red Ribbon
Week in October. The observance is part of a national program of
anti-drug education and drug abuse awareness sponsored by the National
Family Partnership. The focus is to educate individuals, families,
and communities on the destructive effects of drugs and the positive
alternative life choices that are available. This year, the
president and Laura Bush are serving as the honorary chairpersons
for Red Ribbon Week.
In 1985, Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena of
the Drug Enforcement Administration was kidnapped in Guadalajara,
Mexico and killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's
death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif. began to wear
red ribbons to remember him and to commemorate his sacrifice. The
anti-drug message spread quickly and in 1988 the National Family
Partnership took the red ribbon celebration nationwide. The red
ribbon now symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand
for illicit drugs within our communities.
Each year a ceremony is conducted at the Pentagon to commemorate
the department's observance of Red Ribbon Week. Given the tragic
events of September 11, 2001, that event will not be held this year.
Instead, André D. Hollis, deputy assistant secretary of Defense
for Counternarcotics, will present the awards at various ceremonies
outside the Pentagon. .