By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) Bangor and Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) held a “Keep What You’ve Earned” fair July 16, on NBK Bangor.
The “Keep What You’ve Earned” fair encourages responsible alcohol use by celebrating the achievements in the Sailor’s Navy career and actively engages Sailors as advocates for responsible drinking.
“Bottom line is that our service does not stop at the gates when we leave,” said Capt. Charles Baker, commanding officer, Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pacific Northwest. “We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and our shipmates when it comes to alcohol use. You weren’t handed your collar devices and you want to keep what you’ve earned.”
Sailors received a first hand look at the effects of a simulated drunk driving accident. Two badly damaged vehicles with simulated casualties were put in front of the crowd for them to see the dangers of drinking and driving.
“We wanted, really wanted, to show the shock value of a drunk driving accident,” said Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS/SW) Scott Seiler, command drug and alcohol program advisor (DAPA), IMF Bangor. “We showed the whole process, all the casualties that can occur, the firefighters having to take apart the car to rescue victims. They really saw from start to finish the effects of a drunk driving accident.”
The Fair also featured a drunk driving simulator from the Save a Life tour. The simulator attempts to replicate the sensation of being intoxicated behind the wheel. Sailors who participated in the simulator agreed that it gave them a realistic understanding of what driving intoxicated feels like and more of an awareness of the dangers it presents.
“Hopefully it scares people as much as it scared me,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Tiffany Thompson, assigned to NBK. “I felt like I had very little control of the vehicle while trying to drive it and that definitely scares me. I think it provides a really good life experience for everyone here. It lets you know that drunk driving really isn’t a game.”
In April, the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign was launched to replace the outdated “Right Spirit” campaign. This campaign in concert with “The Domino Strategy”, “Who Will Stand Your Watch” and “That Guy” speaks to Sailors about responsible drinking and accountability.