Col. Dwight Sones, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander (left), recognizes and coins two Airmen Against Drunk Driving volunteers in front of many members of the wing leadership during a briefing here Wednesday. Airman 1st Class Brett Schaffer, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (center), and Senior Airman David Mumme, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron, were two of 10 recently recognized by the commander for volunteering more than 100 hours toward the program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Swink)
Leadership honors AADD volunteers

by Senior Airman Bryan Swink
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

4/25/2013 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ten Travis Airmen were recently recognized by wing leadership for volunteering at least 100 hours with the Airmen Against Drunk Driving program on the base.

Since February, Col. Dwight Sones, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, has recognized and presented coins to the top volunteers who sacrifice their weekend evenings to help ensure their fellow Airmen get home safely.

AADD is a program designed to provide Travis personnel a free, safe-ride home after a night of drinking when their original plan of returning safely has fallen through. Volunteers work from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings waiting for calls to come in.

In 2012, AADD volunteers saved more than 1,000 people, logged 3,280 service hours and participated in events ranging from promotion ceremonies to holiday parties.

"This is a great program that can not only save people's lives, but their careers," said Senior Airman Stephene Stanton, AADD volunteer from the 60th Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron. "I don't want other Airmen to make the same mistake I did early in my career."

Stanton was charged with driving under the influence after a night of drinking more than two years ago which greatly impacted her life and career, she said. She has since volunteered more than 120 hours to help others avoid making the same error she did.

Along with Stanton, Sones also recognized the following Airmen for volunteering at least 100 hours with AADD:

· Airman 1st Class Hugo Agurcia Reyes, 60th MDTS

· 1st Lt. Aaron Arnold, 60th Inpatient Squadron

· Airman 1st Class Zachary Courtney, 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron

· Senior Airman Alex Desonnaville, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron

· Senior Airman Gabrielle Lindig, 60th Maintenance Squadron

· Airman 1st Class Joseph Mellen, 60th Medical Operations Squadron

· Senior Airman David Mumme, 60th CES

· Airman 1st Class Alan Quiroga, 60th CES

· Airman 1st Class Brett Schaffer, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

"I wish I could recognize all of the AADD volunteers in the spotlight of wing leadership, because being an all volunteer program, this program is nothing without them," said Master Sgt. Benjamin Graver, AADD program manager. "I am truly thankful for each member's involvement and dedication with our program."

AADD volunteers have to utilize their own resources when picking up people who need a ride, which may include people getting sick in their car after a night of drinking.

"What they do is extremely commendable," Graver said. "They use their car, their gas and go out in the middle of the night to provide a safe ride home for someone they most likely don't know. Now that's the definition of a true Wingman."

To volunteer with AADD, become a Travis volunteer by registering through the Team Travis Sharepoint site under the volunteer central tab.

For a ride, call 424-2233 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday evenings