2nd SBCT motorcyclists ride for safety

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bikers inspecting a bike.

Two riders carefully inspect a motorcycle’s electrical system. Ensuring that all systems are working is important before taking to the road.

 

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — On average, the Army loses the equivalent of a company formation in off-duty accidents each year.

 
These tragic deaths affect a unit’s combat readiness.

 
Ensuring awareness and appropriate safety measures in off-duty activities can preserve lives of Soldiers and their family members.

 
As part of the Army Safety Program, units within the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated in a motorcycle safety check ride, here, Friday.

 

Right —Soldiers assigned to 2nd SBCT, perform a motorcycle safety check at Wheeler Gulch,  Sept. 5, before saddling up.

Right —Soldiers assigned to 2nd SBCT, perform a motorcycle safety check at Wheeler Gulch, Sept. 5, before saddling up.

“We are here to promote motorcycle safety and motorcycle awareness, to correct bad habits, and to ensure everyone is current on their credentials,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Chavez, brigade Provost Marshal noncommissioned officer.

 
The training was conducted to increase a motorcycle rider’s proficiency and educate Soldiers on measures designed to minimize preventable
accidents.

 
Units conducted training on the application of composite risk management, practiced defensive driving and motorcycle safety and reviewed the current policy on motorcycle requirements for Soldiers.

 
“Conducting motorcycle safety training helps leaders engage their Soldiers, civilians and family members on risk and risk management,” said Chavez. “Engagement and vigilance are the keys to reducing on and off duty accidents.”

 
A good motorcycle safety program is about discipline and good guidance, according to Sgt. Brandon J. Chretien, Company B, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd SBCT.

 
“It is important everyone understands and identifies hazards that will affect the readiness of a unit,” said Chretien. “Enforcing policies that are put in place will protect Soldiers and minimize accidents.”

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