NEWS | Oct. 7, 2015

Red Ribbon Campaign

By Brenda Edmond 628th Medical Group

This month we celebrate one of the oldest drug prevention efforts in the country.  The Red Ribbon campaign held Oct. 23-31, 2015, is a means for individuals and communities to take a stand for our children's future by committing to providing drug education and prevention as well as committing to a drug free life and ultimately a drug free America.

Of greater importance, the Red Ribbon campaign commemorates the life Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice trying to keep our children and country safe by battling the trafficking of illegal drugs.  After Agent Camarena's death, Congressman, Duncan Hunter and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, CA, Camarena's home. To honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others, members of the clubs pledge to lead drug-free lives. Red ribbon badges of satin are worn in Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions.

Today, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration, preserving Special Agent Camarena's memory and symbolizing support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their opposition to drugs. Additionally, they recognize Special Agent Camarena and all men and women who have given their lives in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse.

Join with Joint Base Charleston's Drug Demand Reduction Program and other Joint Base partners in taking a pledge to promote drug education and awareness and to commit to being drug free.  For more information on Red Ribbon activities please contact Ms. Williams or Mrs. Lampkin-Harris at 1-843-963-6514.