By Lea Johnson
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Even just one Airman driving under the influence is one too many. To help Airmen not break the law by drinking and driving, Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases have partnered to create Airmen Against Drunk Driving, or A2D2.
Staff Sgt. Christine Despaw, acting executive assistant to the 21st Space Wing command chief, and Senior Airman Luke Howell, Schriever Airman’s Council president, both saw a need for a designated driver program and got to work setting it up, just in time for the holiday season.
Airmen from Schriever live in the dorms at Peterson AFB and the two bases share a variety of other services. The two agreed it only made sense to share a program between the bases.
“I think this program will only be successful if both bases work with each other,” Howell said. “We are separated by a dozen miles, but we are still a part of the same community. We have to look after each other and A2D2 is the perfect way to do that.”
The program, which kicked-off Nov. 23, runs its headquarters out of the Peterson AFB Chapel Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“People can call our number, 552-AADD or 2233. The dispatcher will pick up. You’ll give them your name, location, how many people are in your party, and then we’ll tell you approximately when we’ll be there,” Despaw said.
Drivers will pick up any military member, dependent, or civilian stationed on Peterson or Schriever AFBs from any establishment or residence, so long as they are not on the off-limits list, and drop them off at a residence in the local area.
“We’ll take you back to your house, your dorm, wherever you need to be but not another bar or anything like that. Our goal is to get you home safe,” Despaw said.
The program is designed so that whoever calls will face no repercussions regardless of their age or their location. However, callers are asked to wait outside for their ride to arrive; drivers will not enter any establishment or residence.
In addition to running on the weekend, A2D2 can provide designated drivers for holiday parties and events if contacted in advance.
There is no cost to use the service, and anyone, military or civilian, can be a designated driver.
“The drivers fill out a membership form, liability waiver and show their proof of insurance. Drivers will be using their own vehicle and gas,” Howell said.
“To know the person got home safe, the person didn’t get hurt and that some random person walking or driving home didn’t get hurt, in my opinion, it’s worth it,” Despaw said.
Despaw and Howell hope to have at least two female and two male drivers each night to prevent members of the opposite sex from riding alone in a vehicle together.
The number for A2D2 can be found on the front page of Peterson’s My Military Communities app for iPhone and Android devices, or a driver can be contacted by calling 552-2233 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the program, contact Despaw at 556-2107 or Howell at 567-4163.