WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (Nov. 9, 2013) -- Cub Scout Pack 176, in partnership with the Schofield Barracks Provost Marshall's Office, celebrated Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, by participating in anti-drug discussions and activities, held both here and at school, to highlight the importance of being drug-free.

A highlight of the week occurred during the pack's meeting at the Wheeler Chapel Fellowship Hall, here, Oct. 28. During the meeting, community police officers Spc. Thomas Loome, Spc. Matthew Sherman and Pfc. Courtney Morrison conducted a D.A.R.E. anti-drug presentation, led Scouts in a pledge to be drug-free and held anti-drug activities with 30 Scouts and their siblings. McGruff the Crime Dog also attended the event, and the PMO supplied Keiki IDs.

"Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community," said Loome. "Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse."

In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif., began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.

Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988 to raise awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, while encouraging parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

Today, the red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities.

"Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles," said Morrison. "The campaign brings together parents, schools and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug-free."