Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Det. Whidbey Island
Oak Harbor, Washington — Fleet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW), on board Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), celebrated 365 days without a DUI, March 14.
FRCNW established almost 30 Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisors (DAPA) for the more than 720 Sailors who make up the command.
“It’s one of those programs that is incredibly important for the Navy,” said Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Ashley Cook, assistant command DAPA. “I really wanted to do something that had a command wide presence and effect.”
Starting with indoctrination, FRC Sailors begin their training with making smart decisions and learning about the many outlets they have if unforeseen circumstances arrive.
“As long as they know the expectation of their chain of command and who they work for, Sailors come to work to strive to be the best that they can,” said Senior Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Andrew Friedman, command DAPA.
DAPA as well as Alcohol and Drug Abuse Management Seminars (ADAMS) are two tools FRCNW uses for training and education for Sailors from the most junior to the commanding officer.
The command’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) also supported multiple events hosted by FRC, and members of the training team also garnered trust by assuring Sailors that picking up the phone is the right decision.
“We made sure it’s understood that it goes parallel with the tool control program we have,” said Cook. “The only reason you would get in trouble is if you didn’t say something. Not only do you have to say that, but you have to show it in your actions everyday.”
FRCNW also encouraged junior Sailors to take ownership of the programs.
“The leadership throughout the chain of command presented itself in such a way where not only are your ideas welcome, but we’re going to push your ideas and make them happen,” said Cook.
FRC received a command wide 96-hour liberty to celebrate their accomplishment. FRCNW is now striving to continue their DUI free achievement while raising the bar to eliminate all alcohol related incidences