28 Apr 2006

Drinking ban on Guam US base successful

5:06 pm on 28 April 2006

A 72-hour drinking ban at the United States' Andersen Air Force Base on Guam last weekend has been called a success.

Public Affairs officer, Sergeant Jerry Capenos, says all airmen complied with the ban which applied from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The ban was ordered to curb what's being described as an alarming rate of alcohol-related incidents.

The weekend took on an emphasis of alternative fun to alcohol-drinking, which included units staging scavenger hunts, barbecues, a golf tournament, and a community clean-up in Agana.

Sergeant Capenos says the weekend built esprit de corps among staff on the base.

"It was wildly successful. There were no incidents of alcohol-related activities over the weekend: no DUIs, no sexual assaults, no assault-and-batteries, nothing... There was also no reports of anybody not complying with the ban, which was a direct order."

Sergeant Jerry Capenos