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October 12, 2012

Observances

Red Ribbon Week campaign to be observed Oct. 23-31 at Fort McCoy

Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities, which will include displays and presentations from Oct. 23-31 by the installation Army Substance Abuse Program, (ASAP).
PHOTO: Gail Zuege of the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program prepares items for Red Ribbon Week. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Gail Zuege of the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program prepares items for Red Ribbon Week.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel )

Gail R. Zuege, ASAP Drug Test technician at Fort McCoy will host the installation campaign kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

A variety of handouts, including Red Ribbon badges, will be available at McCoy’s, Zuege said.

The campaign began in 1990, when the Department of Defense joined in the national effort by commencing an award program to encourage servicemembers to keep communities drug-free and to recognize outstanding outreach programs.

The 2012 Red Ribbon Week theme is, “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”

Red Ribbon is the oldest and largest drug-prevention campaign in the country, reaching millions of young people.

Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to wear their Red Ribbon Badge proudly and have the courage to say “NO” to drugs.

The idea for a Red Ribbon Campaign originated when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward drug use. The campaign mission is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America.

Other McCoy events include the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program having special video presentations and games. Red Ribbon Drug Free Pledges will be sent home in children’s Red Ribbon bags for parents to review and sign with their children.

Red Ribbon activities also are scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 31, during Installation Safety Day in building 905 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with interactive games and informative handouts. Participants can try bowling and putting together puzzles wearing the drug-prevention substance abuse goggles.

Sparta and Tomah area schools will be provided with “The Best Me Is Drug Free” ribbons and banners.

Watch for weekly Red Ribbon updates on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network and Fort McCoy TV 6.

For more information about Red Ribbon activities/events at Fort McCoy, members of the installation community can contact Zuege at building 1344 or by calling 608-388-5955.

Additional Red Ribbon Week information is available at www.acsap.army.mil.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)

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