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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (USTCNS) --- Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Hughes and fellow military members of the United States Transportation Command will help bolster the war on drugs with a “Why say no to drugs” presentation at Scott Elementary School beginning at 10:45 a.m. March 7.

According to Hughes, the anti-drug program called Campaign Drug Free (CDF), has existed under Navy Reserve Force sponsorship since 1992, but it will hit the streets here in March. The program’s focus is on helping communities and schools educate youth on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse and the importance of being drug free.

“The program was initiated by Vice Adm. John Cotton, chief of the Navy Reserve,” Hughes said. “I’m from the Navy Reserve community on orders here for one to two years. I was assisting with the program at my last command.”

Hughes has also worked in law enforcement and says he knows the need to get our youth involved and educated on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
“This program does not replace the excellent programs already in place, such as D.A.R.E., D.E.F.Y., etc.,” Hughes said. “It merely supplements these existing programs. We are role models giving heart-felt advice to students.

“We are not experts and are there to support and mentor the students in our community,” Hughes continued. “We discuss peer pressure and making the right choices by ‘saying no to drugs and alcohol.’ We discuss how the right choices affect your ability to succeed in life.”

The 60-minute presentations on ‘Why say no to drugs’ will also be presented at 11:00 a.m. March 28th, April 4 and April 11 to fifth grade science classes at Scott Elementary School.

“We matter in this endeavor,” said Vice Adm. Ann Rondeau, USTRANSCOM deputy commander. “Military members of all services, here at USTRANSCOM and around the world, should be ever mindful of the fact that we are role models for the youth of this country. By participating in Campaign Drug Free, we serve as citizen leaders and as leader-coaches, ensuring our young people know that there are alternatives to destructive lifestyles and to drug and alcohol abuse. By doing so, we help our youth to fulfill their enormous promise and potential.”

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