8th STB thunders through roads

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments
Motorcyclists from 8th STB, 8th TSC, participate in the “Sustainer Thunder Ride,” April 29. The ride route started at Fort Shafter and followed the Likelike Highway along the coast.

Motorcyclists from 8th STB, 8th TSC, participate in the “Sustainer Thunder Ride,” April 29. The ride route started at Fort Shafter and followed the Likelike Highway along the coast.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs 

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — As a small group of Soldiers slowly started to form up for a convoy brief behind a motor pool, here, the atmosphere was different than a typical military formation.

The mood was informal, the uniform was civilian and the vehicles were sleek, shiny and only had two wheels.

Motorcyclists from 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, strapped on their helmets and safety gear for the “Sustainer Thunder Ride,” a training session not only aimed at ensuring all riders in the unit drive safely, but to also build camaraderie among fellow riders.

“It’s not just a day of fun,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Van Sciver, senior enlisted leader, 8th STB. “The event is fun, but it is also important training.”

The ride’s route started at Fort Shafter, followed the Likelike Highway along the coast and ended at Schofield Barracks. The Sustainer Thunder Ride was the culmination of a two-day motorcycle safety course held for all motorcycle riders in 8th STB.

Riders also collected nonperishable food items to donate to the Hawaii Food Bank, which helps families in need in the local community.

“On the first day, we went through the Motorcycle Safety Foundations Group Ride training module,” Van Sciver said. “We wanted to refamiliarize the rider with actions they may have forgotten, and re-energize the skills in their mind.”

Lt. Col. Michele Reid, chief, Supply and Services Branch, Support Operations, 8th TSC, may have 13 years of motorcycle training, but she is still glad that this training is available to all 8th STB riders.

“I’m here to support new riders,” Reid said. “If something happens to a rider, I would rather it be with a group that is prepared to deal with it.”

Organizers stressed that the need for training transcends age or rank. The participants’ rank ranged from specialist to lieutenant colonel.

“It’s important to see all ranks out here supporting the event,” said Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Hunt, 8th STB motorcycle mentor. “Accidents can happen to anyone no matter what rank they are.”

With safety being the underlying factor throughout the whole training, Spc. Jean Ramos, Human Resources, 8th STB, reflected on why safety is important to not just him, but his whole family.

“Safety is very important to me,” Ramos said. “If something happens to me, I am the only one that is working, so my family would be hurting.”

Tags: , ,

Category: News, Safety, Training

Leave a Reply

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