LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Base Airmen Against Drunk Driving (BAADD) is an option for those whose plans have fallen through after a night at the bar when they have no one else to call at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
This program is intended to prevent making risky decisions while under the influence, however, it is also intended as a last resort. BAADD’s phone line is staffed with Air Force volunteers who can be reached by calling the main line. BAADD operates during 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on the weekends and holidays.
Sometimes, even the best plans to get home after a fun night out can fall through and BAADD is always there to ensure the Laughlin family returns home safely according to Senior Airman Jacob Strait, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician and BAADD vice president.
“I've personally known people who have [used] BAADD during their time here at Laughlin, and it's hard to imagine what other options they would have if this program didn't exist,” Strait said.
BAADD volunteers use the term “save” when they dispatch a driver to pick up a caller and, according to Strait, it is the most appropriate term because those individuals are saved from potentially dangerous situations, which could lead to legal or even fatal consequences.
“What made me want to become part of the BAADD council was after my first save when I gave two great individuals a ride back to their homes, which made me realize how impactful BAADD really was in preventing the loss of great Airmen and base personnel due to possible drunk driving mistakes,” Strait said.
Master Sgt. Edward Slaughter, 47th Medical Group first sergeant, noted seeing BAADD at numerous base events and unit holiday parties.
“BAADD’s presence itself shows the mindset we need to have,” Slaughter said. “Sometimes when people are leaving an event they aren't in the best condition to make a smart decision. However, when they see that BAADD member there, it serves as a safety reminder to make a smart decision.”
BAADD volunteers of all ranks make it possible to ensure complete anonymity of those in need of a safe drive home after a night out of drinking.
For more information call the BAADD phone number at 830-298-4663.