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A three-day ban on booze will be imposed on servicemembers on and off Andersen Air Force Base in Guam this weekend in an effort to curtail what’s being described as “an alarming rate” of alcohol-related incidents.

The direct order forbids military members from consuming alcohol for 72 hours starting 6 a.m. Friday, April 21 through 6 a.m. Monday, April 24, according to 36th Wing spokesman 2nd Lt. J.D. Griffin in an article in the Pacific Edge, a base newspaper.

The order was given by 36th Wing Vice Commander Col. Stephen Wolborsky and applies to the entire wing, according to the article.

The Air Force’s 734th Air Mobility Squadron and the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five’s commanding officers are ordering their units — also based at Andersen — to comply with the restriction. Wolborsky also has asked that Department of Defense civilians consider voluntarily participating in the drinking ban.

The article stated that “a number of alcohol related incidents have occurred recently on Andersen at an alarming rate that have been connected with a number sexual assaults, domestic violence and other offenses punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

Andersen’s public affairs office was closed Saturday and base officials could not be reached for comment on specific details of incidents that triggered the upcoming ban.

Wolborsky, however, was quoted in the article as saying, “Drinking, especially binge drinking, cannot be the off-duty focus for anyone on Team Andersen. Unfortunately, all too often airmen and sailors decide to drink first and then figure out what to do.

“By that time they’re already impaired and risk injury, criminal activity and even death,” he said.

There was no indication in the article how enforcement would be carried out or whether on-base sales of alcohol would be curtailed for the 72 hours.

Wolborsky, however, said commanders will hold unit functions over the weekend at which drinking is not emphasized, in addition to holding Monday morning physical-training sessions.

“Even if this is not their normal schedule of events it will help the accountability process,” Wolborsky was quoted as saying. “There will also be a follow-up session with commanders to determine our success.”

The theme for the 72-hour period is “Find the Fun.” The idea is that living in a “tropical paradise offers lots of activities that don’t have to be centered on alcohol,” the article stated.


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