by Airman Valerie Monroy
JBER Public Affairs
12/18/2015 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaksa -- With
everyone traveling home for the holidays, the month of December is one
of the busiest on the nation's roadways. With the holidays approaching,
the number for social events that include drinking increases along with
DUIs and fatal drunk-driving crashes.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Dec. 1 declaring the month,
as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The president urged
people to use this month to recommit to preventing these incidents by
acting responsibly and by promoting responsible behavior by those around
People are encouraged to have a plan if they are going to be drinking,
but sometimes not everything goes as planned. That's when the Joint Base
Against Drunk Driving program comes into play.
JBADD is a volunteer organization and an extension of the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program.
The primary purpose of JBADD is to provide the service members of Joint
Base Elmendorf-Richardson and their spouses with a safe, anonymous, free
ride home instead of driving their own vehicles while intoxicated.
"I think JBADD is a great opportunity for service members to assist with
not only protecting the local community but fellow members' careers,"
said Senior Airman Andrew Harrison, 673d Communications Squadron cyber
transport systems liaison and JBADD volunteer. "It's an absolute
win-win, for both the installation and
The first incarnation of the JBADD program started prior to joint basing.
"It was Soldiers Against Drunk Driving for the Army and Airmen Against
Drunk Driving for Air Force," said Staff Sgt. Silvia Prows, 673d Medical
Support Squadron health services management specialist and president of
JBADD. "Once we went joint venture, we got backing from the BOSS
program and were able to advertise JBADD as a whole for all services."
JBADD relies entirely on support from volunteers.
Prows said JBADD is important because not all service members will
dedicate their time to picking up other service members and their
dependent spouses, but those that do are helping to eliminate potential
"I've seen firsthand what a DUI can do to a unit, the individuals
involved and the local community," said Harrison. "It's not something
that should happen and JBADD lets me try as much as possible to prevent
For some service members, a memorable night out could turn into a
career-changing mistake, so the program remains free and fully
"We do not disclose who we pick up to anyone," said Prows. "We do not
contact anyone in that individual's chain. We just get their name and
where they're located and pick them up."
The service is available to all active-duty service members, National
Guardsmen and Reservists on active duty orders and all dependent
spouses, Prows said.
"JBADD is a great tool provided by JBER leaders to make sure our members
are safe, and an awesome opportunity to lend a helping hand when
someone might need it," said Harrison.
JBADD operates Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., unless otherwise stated.
JBADD should always be a last resort, but when issues arise or plans fall through, you can always call 384-RIDE.