The 721st Aerial Port Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany has been prohibited from consuming alcohol off-base late at night due to increasing concerns over “irresponsible alcohol consumption,” as per a recently circulated internal memo. The ban restricts alcohol consumption outside of their residences between midnight and 6 a.m. local time and also within eight hours of any work shift. The policy’s enforcement details remain unclear but will stay in effect until the mentioned trend is addressed and rectified.
- A new “Updated Alcohol Policy” memo has prohibited the 721st Aerial Port Squadron from drinking alcohol outside their homes from midnight to 6 a.m.
- The memo emphasizes the risk to the lives of the airmen due to irresponsible alcohol consumption and states the need to address the trend aggressively.
- No specific incidents were mentioned that triggered this new policy, but any violations will result in corrective actions on a case-by-case basis.
- Occasional alcohol bans in the Air Force have been implemented in the past, mainly as extreme measures for ensuring safety.
- The 721st Aerial Port Squadron’s key responsibilities include loading and unloading cargo, equipment, and personnel for diverse missions. Their behavior also has potential diplomatic implications, especially given the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.