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The consequences for drinking and driving can be extreme and sometimes fatal. The 366th Component Maintenance Squadron’s precision measurement equipment laboratories flight has gone 12 years without getting a driving under the influence infraction due to the Airmen always having a plan and knowing what to do when that plan falls through. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Airman 1st Class Heather Hayward)
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PMEL demonstrates superior wingmanship for more than 4000 days

Posted 10/5/2012   Updated 10/5/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Heather Hayward
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


10/5/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho  -- For some, driving under the influence has delivered a life-changing blow. The Airmen in the 366th Component Maintenance Squadron's precision measurement equipment laboratory flight can proudly say none of the 377 Gunfighters caught drinking and driving in the past 12 years has been one of them.

"I think that the family atmosphere we have here is one of the key factors in keeping us DUI free," said Master Sgt. Daniel Shaw, 366th CMS test measurement and diagnostic equipment flight chief. "The guys really do take care of each other. They go out in groups and they have a plan."

For the past 12 years, the base has had between 28 and 45 DUIs, which does not include all the DUIs that were given out by the local police.

"These guys just don't want to let the leadership down so they are very apt to do the right things," said Tech. Sgt. Cory Perkins, 366th CMS TMDE assistant flight chief. "We do things together as a flight so it helps our cohesion, and they know that we are looking out for them."

The 38 Airmen assigned to the base PMEL are technicians responsible for the repair, calibration and modifications of measurement equipment in the Air Force.

"Our job is pretty technical," said Perkins. "We are calibrating million-dollar pieces of equipment, taking thousands of volts and putting them into a piece of equipment, so if you connect something incorrectly, you could blow something up or blow yourself up. It's important that these guys are well rested and focused while they are here."

Every Friday before being released for the weekend, the shop has a safety briefing where they talk about DUI's and make sure everyone has a plan and people to call if their plan falls through.

"If I specify that I am going to be the designated driver, I just stay at home and wait for them to call me," said Airman 1st Class Jason Stackens, 366th PMEL technician. "Once you say you are the DD, that's your thing for the night, there is no drinking."



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