Health & Safety

June 21, 2012

Mentorship ride promotes motorcycle safety, fun

By Caroline Keyser
Warrior editor

Soldiers ride from Fort Irwin to Kernville, Calif., during the 1916th Support Battalion’s motorcycle mentorship ride June 8.

Soldiers with the 1916th Support Battalion got an opportunity to hone their motorcycle riding skills while bonding with fellow Soldiers earlier this month.

The battalion hosted a motorcycle mentorship ride from Fort Irwin to Kernville, Calif., June 8.  The purpose of the ride was to promote motorcycle safety and esprit de corps, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Dustin, the 1916th’s safety officer.

“The basic idea is to point out to people to keep safety in mind,” he said.  “Sometimes riders will get overconfident and forget to pay attention.  Riding is fun, but you can still really hurt yourself.”

The mentorship ride, which was the battalion’s first in 2012, Dustin said, began at 7:30 a.m. at the Fort Irwin Commissary with an overview of basic safety checks.  At 8 a.m., the 15 participating Soldiers rode out of the post, arriving at Cycle Smiths bike shop at about noon for a briefing from staff about common maintenance and riding mistakes.  The Soldiers arrived back at Fort Irwin at about 6 p.m.  In all, the route covered more than 320 miles over mountains, drops, and straight-aways.

The route’s varied terrain and changes in elevation were one reason organizers chose it, said Warrant Officer 1 Benjamin Ridenhour, who helped organize the ride.

“This particular one, right before Opportunity Leave, was meant to get people back into riding longer distances than just a few miles around post,” Ridenhour said.

While Army policy states that all Soldiers who ride motorcycles must participate in the mentorship program, not all do.  There have been 33 motorcycle-related fatalities in the Army so far in fiscal year 2012, compared with 25 this time last fiscal year.

Ridenhour encouraged Soldiers to participate, saying that the program can make a difference in safety.

“It’s not there to regulate everyone or to call anyone out,” he said.  “It’s there to make sure everyone is riding safely.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Focused on the battle against TBI’s

Gustavo Bahena Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead, commander of United States Army Medical Department Activity here, and Shannon O’ Kelley, chief operating officer of the UCLA Health System, sign a memorandum of agreement at For...
 
 
Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC

After foot amputation, Soldier’s mission is to remain infantry

Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC Spc. Kevin Nguyen performs an Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Irwin, March 12. Staff Sgt. Rafael Machuca (right) of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, administered the APFT. Sergeant 1st C...
 
 
Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office

Vietnam Veterans converge on Fort Irwin for tribute

Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office A Vietnam War Veteran returns the salute of a young U.S. Naval Sea Cadet. The exchange took place at the 2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony, here, March 28. Home of the Nati...
 

 
Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center

Retired K9 finds peace with veteran family

Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center Max, a retired military working dog, was given a certificate, medal and doggie toys by the War Dogs Association Chapter 1-Western Region, a non-profit that supports handlers and ado...
 
 

News Briefs April 4, 2014

Ongoing Free tax preparation services. Fort Irwin Tax Center, building 288. All Active Duty, Retirees, and their dependents, as well as Reserve and National Guard on orders for more than 30 days, can use the Tax Center for free tax preparation. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 380-3604....
 
 
CW3-shows-helicopter

School Age Services children learn about safety, helicopter mission

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rob Lopez, a UH-72 A Lakota helicopter pilot with B Company, 2916th Aviation Battalion here, speaks to children from the School Age Services program about the Sokol helicopter mission at the National Tra...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin