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October 22, 2010

Armywide News

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 Ribbon Week.

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, “Kiki” Camarena.

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 Ribbon Week.

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: http://www.acsap.army.mil, http://www.nfp.org, http://www.justice.gov/dea/, http://www.nimcoinc.com, and http://www.preventionresources.com.

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 608-388-5955.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Army Substance Abuse Program.)

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