Young Marines' drug abuse education efforts recognized

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The Emerald Coast Young Marines have earned the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines youth organization. Pictured from left are former DEA deputy assistant administrator and Young Marines board member William Walker; Young Marine unit commanders Kevin Jandreau, Stanley Kennedy, Crestview's Lynn Dominique, Chuck Jackson, Carol Tackett Arman, Frank Alger and DEA drug prevention program manager Tammy Simpson.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

The Emerald Coast Young Marines are among the nation's top Young Marines units that encourage drug-free communities. Now, the organization has an award to recognize the achievement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines youth organization's Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award honors six units — one award per division — for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.

Emerald Coast Young Marines, of Crestview, is the Division 3 winner.

Other winners include: Division 1, Westover Young Marines, Chicopee, Mass.; Division 2, LCpl Caleb Powers Young Marines, Fredericksburg, Va.; Division 4, Pikes Peak Young Marines, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Division 5, Lapeer County Young Marines, Attica, Mich.; and Division 6, East Valley Young Marines, Mesa, Ariz.

The awards were presented June 5 at the Young Marines annual Adult Leaders’ Conference in Washington D.C.

 “The DEA first met with the Young Marines a few years ago,” Tammy Simpson, drug prevention program manager of the DEA’s Drug Demand Reduction Section, said. “We were so impressed with the Young Marines’ initiative when communicating with peers and others about the dangers associated with using drugs. We, at the DEA, congratulate the winning units, and we appreciate the Young Marines' efforts to educate the community and increase awareness about the drug problem.”

Units were judged on drug demand reduction hours, curriculum and the steps taken to reach out to the community to include peers and others.



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