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Chief's Corner - week of Jan. 1

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- We are faced with decisions every day. No matter what job we perform in today's Air Force, the decisions we make influence the safety and wellbeing of individuals here on Schriever Air Force Base, as well as around the world.  The decisions we make directly impact our mission success whether it is flying satellites, ensuring our communication lines are working or plowing snow around base.  The Encarta dictionary defines decisions as "something that somebody chooses or makes up his or her mind about, after considering it and other possible choices."

Making decisions off duty also impacts our Air Force mission.  One decision we are frequently faced with is drinking and driving. At every commander's call, safety briefing, and newcomers briefing the discussion and warning of drinking and driving occurs. So, why do we continue to make the poor decision to drink and drive?  During 2014, Schriever AFB had six DUIs, which is six too many.

We are all aware that an individual's judgment and ability to make sound decisions are impaired while under the influence of alcohol.  A colonel recently told me, "There is a good chance we can recover from consuming alcohol, and there is a good chance we can recover from a bad decision, however, it is difficult to recover from both at the same time."

So why do we continue to make the poor decision to drink and drive? 

I would like to offer some suggestions:

1. Before you consume alcohol, make the right decision to have a plan as well as a backup plan for the evening.

2.  Consider the risks and consequences and stick to your plan.

3.  If your plan fails, call a wingman, supervisor or Airman Against Drunk Driving.

These three simple suggestions will ensure that a fun evening with friends and family ends well. Please remember that the decision to drink and drive not only impacts your career but impacts all of those around you including your loved ones.
Let's make 2015 a great and safe year with no DUIs.
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