USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Get the “Right Spirit”


Story Number: NNS021218-24Release Date: 12/19/2002 6:58:00 AM
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By Journalist 2nd Class Ryan Hicks, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) command Drug/Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) sponsored a "Right Spirit" party Dec. 7 at Naval Station Annex Bahrain's Desert Dome to promote the idea that Sailors don't need alcohol to have a good time.

The two-hour party centered on a talent show, but also included giveaway prizes ranging from 150 T-shirts to three mink blankets, three walkmans and a few perfume sets. Keeping with the theme of non-alcohol beverages, water and soda were available at a stand near the stage at no cost.

The "Right Spirit" Campaign, adopted by the Secretary of the Navy in 1996, is designed to deglamorize alcohol use and prevent binge drinking.

The "Right Spirit" Campaign isn't about prohibition, however.

The motto for "Right Spirit" says it all - "It's about choice." It's also about reminding all hands, from seaman to admiral, of leadership, responsibility and accountability, and to support an individual's choice not to drink.

Chief Storekeeper William Bell, Abe's DAPA representative, coordinated the event with the help of departmental and squadron DAPA representatives as well as the Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class Petty Officer and Mustang Associations.

The talent show featured Sailors out of their usual uniforms doing everything from singing, rapping and playing guitar to hula dancing.

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Glenn Young has been in the Navy for 19 years, but a Navy-sponsored alcohol-free event was something new for him.

"I've never seen anything like this," he said. "A party where it says it's okay not to drink and still have a good time and be yourself.

"I think it's a great idea ... promoting that you can have a good time, you don't need to drink alcohol, and still enjoy yourself in today's Navy."

After the party finished, Bell had nothing but positive things to say about the event. "We accomplished what we wanted to," he said. "It was about choice - it wasn't about prohibition. Everybody had a great time, and I think it worked out fantastic. (The party) was a great promotion for the 'Right Spirit' campaign, and that's what we set out to do."

The next "right spirit" party is scheduled to be sometime during Abraham Lincoln's upcoming planned incremental availability.

For related news, visit the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn72.

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