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A Safety Day for Motorcycles
Tech. Sgt. David Eads, 375th Medical Support Squadron medical administrator, helps Hunter Neese, 4 years old, on his motorcycle "The Joker" during the motorcycle safety day at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., on April 14, 2011. The Motorcycle Safety Day brought members of Scott AFB together to talk to venders and to watch the Illinois State Troopers perform on their motorcycles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Tristin English)
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Motorcyclists meet up for safety briefing, bike show, and ride

Posted 4/21/2011   Updated 4/21/2011 Email story   Print story


by Burt Foutz
AFGLSC Public Affairs

4/21/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- The Air Force Global Logistics Support Center and the 375th Air Mobility Wing Safety Office joined forces April 14 to create a day where all of Scott Air Force Base's motorcycle enthusiasts could come together to learn more about motorcycle safety and about the latest safety gear.

Every year all military riders are required to attend a safety briefing. This year's was even more pertinent due to the recent fatalities throughout the Air Force. T.J. Miles, 375th AMW motorcycle safety program coordinator, spoke to more than 380 military and civilian riders about the importance of training, knowledge, practice and proper safety gear. This 90 minute briefing was just the start of the day's events. Once riders left the theater, they headed over to the ALS pavilion where they were able to look at and discuss the latest safety gear with several vendors and motorcycle organizations from around the area.

One event that had nothing to do with safety, but was enjoyed by all, was the "Show and Shine" competition.

Any rider who wanted to enter their motorcycle in a judged competition could win either the "Best in Show" title or first, second, or third in either the cruiser or sport bike class. With more than 225 motorcycles on hand, and at least 175 of those in the competition, the judges had their hands full trying to pick the winners.

Senior leadership was present to stress the safety aspect of the day's events. Chief Master Sergeant Cynthia Solomito, AFGLSC command chief, welcomed everyone and passed on her words of wisdom from her experience as a rider. The 375th AMW was represented by Col Kevin Webb, the wing's vice commander. He also has extensive experience and stressed the importance of safety. He said Scott is committed to having zero accidents this year.

There was food for everyone. Booster clubs from the 15th Operational Weather Squadron and the 635th Supply Chain Operations Group did the cooking and serving at the "burger burn."

There were several different organizations present to discuss safety issues.

The Illinois State Police MotoTroopers were on hand to answer questions and give a close order drill demonstration. Their motorcycles weigh over 800 pounds and the troopers showed how they maneuver the bikes at speeds no faster than normal walking. The other demonstration for the day was a speed bike demonstration given by instructors of the Scott Speed Bike Training Course. The day culminated in a mentor ride around base. Approximately 70 motorcyclists took part in the ride designed to provide a large group riding experience in a controlled environment at reduced speeds.

The best way for motorcyclists to stay safe is to know their equipment, know their skill level, and avoid situations where they find themselves in over their head.
Ride safe and stay aware.

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