61st MMB Safety Day

By Spc. Rebecca Smith
13th SC(E) PAO

The 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) took a day out of work to focus on the importance of safety at Palmer Theater Thursday.

The day’s safety briefings included a special guest speaker, Bill Campbell from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Campbell lost his daughter’s fiancé to a drunk driver in a pick up truck with no headlights. He shares his story to inform the Soldiers on the dangers of drinking and driving. 

“This young man was supposed to be my son-in-law,” said Campbell, a member of MADD, as he held up the young man’s picture. 

“Do you know what its like to have someone you love reduced to a pile of mush and it’s all because someone chose to drink and drive,” continued Campbell. 

Campbell went on to share more stories that involved instances where a drunk driver took someone’s life.

The briefings were followed by a demonstration outside Palmer Theater on the importance of wearing a seatbelt. As this demonstration was being conducted, a vehicle entered the parking lot followed by two Fort Hood Military Police vehicles. 

Sgt. Karl Goering and Sgt. Galen Glick from the Fort Hood Military Police Department Traffic Division pulled over Command Sgt. Maj. Jairo Gallego, 61st MMB command sergeant major on suspicion of drunk driving. 

Sgt. Karl Goering, Military Police Officer approached the driver’s side window of the vehicle and said, “Have you been drinking today? Want to do a field sobriety test for me today?”

As Gallego agreed to do the test he stepped out of his vehicle and did as the Military Police Officer asked. 

“What I want you to do first is put your heels together. Do you see the shiny part of this pen? I want you to follow it with your eyes only,” said Goering.

The command sergeant major followed what the Officer asked of him, except he was unable to follow the tip of the pen with just his eyes. 

Goering started another test, “What I want you to do next is a real simple test”. 

Goering had Command Sgt. Maj. Gallego stand on one foot as he raised his other foot straight out in front of him. He then counted until Goering told him to stop. Goering administered his next test and had Gallego walk heal to toe and count out loud each step. Gallego counted and stumbled with each step.

“One more test”, said Goering.

Goering had Gallego spread his legs and put his hands on the top of his head while interlocking his fingers. As Goering was telling the command sergeant major all of this, Goering cautiously put hand cuffs on Gallego.

“Your under arrest for driving while intoxicated,” said the arresting officer as he brought Gallego to the back of his Military Police Vehicle which concluded the field sobriety test demonstration. 

“Now that was pretty much what a DWI stop is. Don’t play around and if you get violent we will take the appropriate action,” said Glick.

The 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion’s Safety Day was concluded with a tricycle course with intoxication goggles. Soldiers participated by wearing intoxication goggles and riding the tricycles around cones to experience what it was like if one was behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.

 


Guest speaker Bill Campbell, a representative with MADD, shows 61st Multifunctional Medical Battlaion Soldiers a picture of a young man who was killed by a drunk driver. Campbell and other guest speakers took part in the 61st MMB safety day.