|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).
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
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
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
(Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)