Air Force Tech Sgt. Cecilia Cardenas recognized as GEICO Military Service Award recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2013 – GEICO is proud to announce that Tech Sgt. Cecilia Cardenas is the Air Force recipient of GEICO's 2012 Military Service Award for her work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention. When nominated, Tech Sgt. Cardenas was assigned to the 81st Medical Group Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi where she served as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program.

Tech Sgt. Cardenas oversaw the Air Force Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) and Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) programs for Keesler Air Force Base. She played a vital role in implementing and leading weekly Drunk Busters and Peer to Peer education on underage drinking with new airmen. Her work in the program helped lead to a 28 percent decrease in driving under the influence and a 40 percent decrease in underage drinking for the 81st Training Wing, which is the second largest technical training wing in the Air Force. As a result of Tech Sgt. Cardenas' work and impact on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, Keesler's program was chosen to participate in a congressionally mandated study of substance abuse treatment.

While not on duty, Tech Sgt. Cardenas volunteered at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), where she managed substance abuse cases and provided advocacy services for abused and neglected children. Tec. Sgt. Cardenas also assisted and participated in her community "National Night Out," where she briefed more than 300 participants on the harm caused by drug and alcohol abuse.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented Tech Sgt. Cardenas the award at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. "Many of our country's servicemen and servicewomen make tremendous efforts to improve their military and civilian communities, and GEICO is proud to honor those who might otherwise go unrecognized," Nicely said. "Technical Sergeant Cardenas has proven through her efforts in drug and alcohol abuse prevention that she is a valuable member in the community and is deserving of this honor."

The GEICO Military Service Awards, now in their 25th year, have recognized members of the U.S. military for their special achievements and contributions to the civilian and military community since 1988. For more information on this year's recipients, go to our award recipients page.

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