Red Ribbon Week observed Oct. 23-31
|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 at Fort McCoy.
Displays will be available at the Post Exchange, building 1538, and
McCoy’s, building 1571, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25-29.
Special presentations will be held Oct. 28-29 at Child, Youth & School
(CYS) Services, building 1747. Student and parent Red Ribbon Week
drug-free pledge forms will be available at CYS Services.
Red ribbons will be available throughout the installation during Red
Soldiers and their Family members, civilians, and other members of the
community are encouraged to wear their red ribbons to unite and take a
stand against drugs.
Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to support the
prevention of substance abuse and honor the sacrifice of a fallen hero,
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Special Agent
Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped and murdered by Mexican drug
traffickers Feb. 7, 1985.
Camarena’s tragic and untimely death opened the eyes of Americans to the
dangers of drugs and the scope of international drug trade; thus Red
Ribbon Week emerged as a reminder of the dangers involving drugs.
Red Ribbon Week, with this year’s theme, “I AM DRUG FREE!” is the
largest drug-prevention campaign in the nation.
Red Ribbon Week was instituted in 1988 with President and Mrs. Reagan
serving as honorary chairpersons.
It traditionally has been observed during the last two weeks of October,
with Oct. 23-31 being designated as the official 2010 dates for Red
An estimated 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon Week events and
activities each year.
Additional information about Red Ribbon Week and drug-abuse prevention
is available at the following websites:
For more information about Red Ribbon Week activities/events at Fort
McCoy, members of the McCoy community can call Gail R. Zuege, Drug Test
Coordinator for the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program, at
(Submitted by Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Army
Substance Abuse Program.)