Friday, July 7, 2017

TOP STORY >> AADD: Ensuring Airmen arrive alive

By Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen are encouraged to think ahead to safely arrive home after a night of drinking. If those plans fall through, Airmen Against Drunk Driving is there to help.

AADD is a group of volunteers at Little Rock Air Force Base who provide rides home to service members, dependents and civilian employees who have been drinking – no questions asked. 

“We aren’t here to get you in trouble,” said Airman 1st Class Cooper Graham, AADD vice president and 19th Communications Squadron client systems technician. “We just want to get you home safely.”

AADD’s mission is for every Airman to get home incident free every night, even when their plans don’t work out. If arrangements with designated drivers or friends fail, AADD volunteers can prevent the temptation of driving home under the influence of alcohol. 

The service is anonymous, and the dispatcher and drivers don’t ask questions or keep a record of calls; the purpose of AADD is protecting the individuals of Little Rock AFB, not to get them in trouble.

“Everyone who puts their life on the line for our country deserves to be taken care of,” said Airman 1st Class Wyatt Lynch, AADD president and 19th Communications Squadron client systems technician. “We will pick you up, take you home and make sure you’re safe.” 

Anyone assigned to Little Rock AFB can assist with AADD and serve as dispatchers, standby drivers, schedulers and advertising and recruitment coordinators.

For more information or to use AADD call 501- 987-2233. 

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