by Airman 1st Class Bonnie Grantham
319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
10/1/2015 - GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The
Grand Forks AFB Demand Reduction Program operated by the 319th Medical
Group here was recently named the winner of the 25th Annual Secretary of
Defense Community Drug Awareness Award.
The award recognizes the best anti-drug program operated on a military
installation for that year. Factors that contribute to the award include
community outreach and educating service members and their families of
the dangers of substance abuse.
"For every dollar you spend in prevention right now, you save two to
twenty in the future," said David Frisch, the former DRP program
manager. "Prevention is a key to keeping drug use down and educating
The award covers the fiscal year 2014 - Frisch's last year in the position - Frisch's last year in the position.
"I loved it," he said. "I love doing substance abuse prevention and working with the kids and active-duty members on base."
Frisch started from scratch when put in charge of the DRP almost a decade ago.
"We built the program up because no program like that existed at the
time, "said Frisch. "Over the years we built the program up and then I
received a call for nominations one year so I decided to write a
package. The wing sent it up and the first year we put in we got second
place. I've put in eight packages and we've been at Department of
Defense-level eight times and we've won six of them."
At the time of the award, Frisch and Tom Sumner, the DRP drug testing
program administrative manager, were the only people running the
program. They worked closely with Behavioral Health and programs such as
ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment) and Family
Advocacy to ensure they were using their resources wisely amongst each
"Dave Frisch worked diligently to make sure the program operated at the
highest standard," said Karen Grayeyes, the Family Advocacy outreach
manager here. "He and Tom won more than one award for their hard work.
Dave was active with drug education on base and downtown, always sharing
resources and supporting other base agencies such as Family Advocacy
and Mental Health in their outreach efforts."
The DRP also actively participated in the Grand Forks AFB Red Ribbon
Week by passing out 3,000 ribbons to schools on and off base.
Grand Forks AFB leadership lauded the outstanding accomplishments of the DRP.
"It takes a tremendous amount of leadership, dedication and excellence
to win an award of this caliber," said Col. Robert Cook, 319th Air Base
Wing vice commander. "Our program was cited as a model for other
organizations to follow, demonstrating how innovation and hard work can
achieve effective results among the community."