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Drug screening program yields negative results, Positive step for Team Randolph

By Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio | Wingspread editor | Dec. 14, 2006

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE, Texas — Although Randolph received no positive results recently during their early morning random drug screening, otherwise referred to as Operation Early Bird, the results are a positive step toward the wing's zero tolerance policy on drug use.

Thirty Team Randolph members were selected at random as they entered the main gate.

They were issued a memorandum from Col. Richard Clark, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, ordering them to report to the Drug Demand Reduction Office and provide a urine sample. Out of the total tested, all samples were negative.

"This is a great result to get when conducting these random inspections," said Capt. Deric Prescott, 12th Flying Training Wing Military Justice chief.

"The goal is to have no positives."

The Early Bird inspections are done to ensure the security, military fitness, good order and discipline of the base. The focus is the morale and welfare of the base populace as well as the deterrence of drug use among Team Randolph members.

"The inspection is very effective at deterring illegal drug use in military personnel and identifying areas for commanders to focus their own prevention efforts," said Lt. Col. Joe Yakubik, the on-scene commander of the Early Bird inspection. "It's really all about the health and safety of our Airmen."

Although the inspection slowed down traffic at the gate, individuals entering the gate were patient, according to personnel on scene.

"The inspection is a great example of teamwork on a small scale: from the guards at the gate, to the legal office, to the great work from the unit First Sergeants - even the cooperation of those selected for inspection," Lieutenant Colonel Yakubik said. "The program is managed to minimize disruption at the gate while still ensuring an effective inspection."

Although the testing is primarily used to detect drug use, the inspection serves as an additional measure to ensure members aren't abusing alcohol.

"The process allows a better inspection of all people entering the base and gives base officials the chance to screen people for the effects of driving while intoxicated," said Captain Prescott.

"Year round, but especially during the holidays, it's important to look for both types of substance abuse."

The inspection was the second one held at Randolph since July. The inspection is held randomly throughout the year at different locations and times.