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Big Dog, the 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron mascot (portrayed here by Air Force Staff Sgt. Bobby Humphrey), buffs the hood of the Kadena mock race car called ZZ13.

Big Dog, the 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron mascot (portrayed here by Air Force Staff Sgt. Bobby Humphrey), buffs the hood of the Kadena mock race car called ZZ13. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Airmen with 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron got a first look Wednesday at the ZZ13, a mock race car that is Kadena’s latest vehicle for carrying a message to drink responsibly.

The car’s name says it all, said Brig. Gen. Harold W. Moulton, 18th Wing commander.

Summed up, it stands for zero underage drinking, zero alcohol incidents, plus the Air Force guideline for responsible drinking: one drink per hour and no more than three drinks in a night, Moulton said.

The general, however, also reminded troops that one drink an hour and three in a night still could put a person over the Japanese blood-alcohol limit of .03.

The best policy for someone who drinks is to hand the car keys to someone who hasn’t, he said.

The car’s gleaming black and green paint job, plus a sound system and a TV in the trunk, were designed to appeal to younger servicemembers, said Lt. Col. Eric Axelbank, president of the Culture of Responsible Choices — formerly the Alcohol Task Force.

Volunteers from 18th Services Squadron and 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron restored the car, which started life as military police K-9 vehicle and was headed to the junkyard before being tagged for its new duties.


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