8th TSC Soldiers complete motorcycle safety course

| August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Service members compete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach certification training course at Leeward Community College on July 23 and gather for a remembrance photo. (Courtesy photo)

Service members compete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach certification training course at Leeward Community College on July 23 and gather for a remembrance photo. (Courtesy photo)

R. Ah Young-Shelton
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — Eight 8th Theater Sustainment Command motorcycle riders took their riding expertise to the next level when they volunteered for and completed the internationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach certification training course, July 23, at Leeward Community College.

Coming from various military specialties and both officer and noncommissioned officers, the eight newest RiderCoaches will further ensure safety oversight over one of the most dangerous Soldier activities within the 8th TSC.

To complete the training course, all riders dedicated three consecutive full weekends of their personal time, starting on Friday evenings, until dusk on Sundays, totaling nearly 80 hours.

The training involved intense academics related to motorcycle operation, riding fundamentals and safety. The training also included advanced riding skills training to the highest level, ensuring each rider could coach, mentor and train fellow Soldiers to ride as safely as possible.

The now certified MSF RiderCoaches exhibit a sincere desire to help reduce fellow Soldier motorcycle mishaps, crashes, injuries and deaths, and they are available to assist Soldiers within the command.

“The reason I felt this course was important is because I wanted to teach, coach and mentor new riders, as well as encourage good motorcycle riding habits and re-enforce basic riding fundamentals for experienced riders,” said Sgt. 1st Class Marc W. Barrett, from the 8th TSC Support Operations.

Certified RiderCoaches are the backbone of the MSF RiderCourse training system. With Soldier safety as their primary motivator to attend the training, they are essential to motorcycle safety and excellent motorcycle mentorship in the 8th TSC.

 

More Details

If you are interested in becoming a certified RiderCoach, are a staff sergeant or above, have at least five years of motorcycle experience, a clean riding record and your unit’s endorsement, send an email to the 8th TSC’s Safety Office for Timothy R. Ah Young-Shelton (on global) for more details.

 

Graduates

The class was comprised of the following (pictured in top photo from left to right):

  • Bill Maxwell, instructor
  • Sgt. 1st. Class John P. Roberts, 84th Eng.
  • Staff Sgt. S.G. Jose Ponce, 84th Eng.
  • Capt. Caleb Lin, 8th STB
  • Bruce Koikc
  • Staff Sgt. Jamie Lara, 84th Eng.
  • Brandon Ross, U.S. Navy
  • Sgt. 1st Class Peter Wersted, G6, 8th STB
  • Sgt. 1st Class Jassen Marquez, 84th Eng.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Marc Barrett, 8th STB
  • Staff Sgt. Ian Knight, G6, 8th STB
  • Russel Kaneakua

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