Face of Defense: Airman Revives Base’s Designated Driver Program


Nala Cormier was 11 years old on the day she heard sudden, frantic noises of hysteria and dismay outside her family’s home in Church Point, Louisiana. She followed the sounds until she found the source — her older sister holding her toddler son in her arms, wailing.

“A drunk driver swerved into our yard,” Cormier said. “They hit my nephew and kept driving. He was only three years old. He didn’t make it.”

Today, Cormier, an Air Force airman first class and medical technician at the 11th Medical Group here, serves as the president of the Andrews Against Drunk Driving organization. She said the loss of her young nephew fueled her passion for preventing similar tragedies.

“I saw how much hurt my family was put through because of a drunk driver,” Cormier said. “And I don’t want anyone to have to go through that simply because one of our airmen felt like they had no other way home.”

Taking Initiative

When she arrived here in March 2017, she immediately began the process of reinstituting the base’s designated driver program, which had been inactive for about a year.

“After I met with my first sergeant, I found out we didn’t have an AADD on base,” Cormier said. “I thought; ‘Ok, why not? Let’s get it started.’”

Since then, she’s been able to round up a small team of volunteers and designate a vice president, two drivers and…

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