Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $827,979)
This program seeks to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to and the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons serving in the U.S. Air Force and/or the U.S. Marine Corps who are younger than 21 years old. The initiative provides funds to local civilian communities to implement research-based and promising practices to enforce underage drinking laws and prevent underage service personnel from consuming alcohol in collaboration with active duty bases. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55; 125 Stat. 552, 617.
Nellis Air Force Base, the selected base for this proposal houses over 9,500 airmen and civilians. Nellis is located within Clark County, Nevada. Clark County is the home of Las Vegas where 72% of Nevadans live, and is the target community for this proposal. Nevada's Military proposal will focus on three goals: 1) Nurturing a collaboration between Nellis Air Force Base Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program and key stakeholders in the surrounding civilian communities by establishment of a joint coalition; 2) Increasing meaningful deterrents to underage drinking by airmen and local civilians; 3) Developing creative opportunities for underage airmen to engage in prevention strategies. Nevada has reached out to another recipient of this grant opportunity, F.E. Warren AFB, and identified successful strategies that show great potential and worthy of replication with Nellis AFB such as offering education for all incoming airmen about the effects of Alcohol on Performance created through the American Athletic Institute, and in turn, training underage airmen to present the same program to underage community groups (high school sports team, ROTC, etc.). Another potentially successful collaboration will be initiated with the College of Southern Nevada Student Leadership Team to create joint alternative activities for underage individuals, and fun community service projects. Meanwhile, local law enforcement will focus on abating the proliferation of underage alcohol parties with the help of volunteer airmen, improving alcohol sale compliance check outcomes, reducing DUI/DWI, and improving local government policy response to compliance check failures to reduce underage use, and availability of alcohol.