1,825 days: 86th AES sets standard for responsible drinking

by Col. Elizabeth Harrell
86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander

The 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron has gone 1,825 days without an alcohol-related incident and recently celebrated this milestone with a fall festival for squadron members and family.

The squadron was practicing 0-0-1-3 and responsible drinking before it became a reality and the cornerstone to reduce ARIs across the Air Force.

In June 2006, I inherited a squadron that was truly taking care of itself and practicing the wingman concept – a group of highly disciplined Airmen. I am honored to be the 86th AES commander and appreciate the hard work that each individual contributes to accomplish our mission. We have a very special mission to bring home our nation’s injured warriors and each squadron member directly impacts the success of that honor.

In 2003 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, the space wing commander approached my staff in the medical operations squadron, life skills flight with concerns over increasing ARIs and the huge impact it was having on mission accomplishment. The team was given the task to develop a program to reduce the increasing number of ARIs, DUIs and lost duty days. With 2,100 people on the Personal Reliability Program each ARI incident was causing a ripple effect in the work centers.

In January 2004, the 0-0-1-3 Responsible Drinking program was first introduced to the space wing.

Eventually, the program was known over the country and has spread across Air Force commands as a sensible program to follow.

Kudos to the 86th AES for being five years without an alcohol-related incident. I think all can say they win the prize for the longest time without an ARI.

With the holidays approaching, my hope is that all members of the KMC will drink responsibly and arrive safely.