Good Soldiers help good Soldiers

Christine June, Story and photos
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***The Unit Prevention Leader Course teaches “the best of the best” how to help good Soldiers. It does this by arming students with skills and knowledge to fight against drug use in the military by incorporating the Army’s two main-line defenses.

“These defenses are prevention education and the urinalysis program,” said Terri Anderson, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Army Substance Abuse Program prevention coordinator. “This is how we can avoid high-risk behaviors in good Soldiers.”

Students are chosen from their units to be primary and alternate UPLs to present training and administer urinalysis tests. The quality of the unit’s program begins with the selection of their UPLs, said Ms. Anderson.

“These Soldiers are selected because they are the best of the best,” she said. “They are highly trusted and valued in their unit, and they are selected to keep the integrity and quality of the program.”

The 40-hour certification course is offered here each quarter by the Kaiserslautern garrison’s ASAP to more than 40 KMC Army units.

***image2***The course covers guidance on drugs and alcohol, biochemical testing and substance abuse prevention training.

“It’s a great course,” said Sgt. Terri Lathan, USAGK Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment supply sergeant and alternate UPL. “I’m actually excited about being a prevention leader and helping Soldiers in my unit.”

The next UPL Course is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 to 12 at the Landstuhl Learning Center, Bldg. 3718 on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. For more information, call Alex Tremble at 486-7213 or e-mail