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Motorcycle riders receive pre-season briefing, safety tips

An Airman with the 375th Air Mobility Wing inspects a bald motorcycle tire during the motorcycle riding preseason brief in the Base Theater at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. During the briefing motorcycle riders on the installation listened to Motorcycle Safety Representatives as a way to fulfill mandatory training requirements and prep for the upcoming riding season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

An Airman with the 375th Air Mobility Wing inspects a bald motorcycle tire during the motorcycle riding preseason brief in the Base Theater at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. During the briefing motorcycle riders on the installation listened to Motorcycle Safety Representatives as a way to fulfill mandatory training requirements and prep for the upcoming riding season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Col. Joseph Meyer, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, speaks during the motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. The briefing was focused on proper motorcycle riding techniques in various different conditions that may occur within the Illinois area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Col. Joseph Meyer, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, speaks during the motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. The briefing was focused on proper motorcycle riding techniques in various different conditions that may occur within the Illinois area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Airmen attend a motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019, to fulfill a mandatory training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Airmen attend a motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019, to fulfill a mandatory training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Senior Master Sgt. John Roskom, 375th Air Mobility Wing, shares his expertise during the motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. Within his additional duty, Roskom is a Motorcycle Safety Representative for the 375th AMW, and is responsible for ensuring military members on the installation are armed with the proper knowledge of motorcycle safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

Senior Master Sgt. John Roskom, 375th Air Mobility Wing, shares his expertise during the motorcycle riding preseason brief at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 12, 2019. Within his additional duty, Roskom is a Motorcycle Safety Representative for the 375th AMW, and is responsible for ensuring military members on the installation are armed with the proper knowledge of motorcycle safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- To ensure Airmen from Scott are armed with knowledge prior to the motorcycle riding season, the 375th Wing Safety Office hosted an information briefing March 12.

The Air Force mandates that motorcycle riders wear all required personal protective equipment, regardless of state law, and complete proper informational and hands-on classes. This is to assist in safeguarding the Air Force’s most valued asset – the Airmen.

“It’s important, not only because the [Air Force Instruction] says so, but because it keeps you and those around you safe,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Roskom, a 375th Air Mobility Wing motorcycle safety representative. “When it’s safe, it’s fun. If there is something we can do to provide information that is going to help you in the long-run, whether it be learning a new skill, honing existing skills or remind you of a certain safety aspect you may have not thought of since last riding season -- that is what we are here for.”

Roskom shared several key statistics, such as 24 percent of all Air Force motorcycle related deaths in the last 10 years involved alcohol. The top three causes of motorcycle mishaps were that riders struck an object in the road, were struck by a driver, or just experienced a loss of control.

Col. Joseph Meyer, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, took the stage to reiterate the importance of safety and wingmanship. 

“I haven’t ridden for a number of years, but I absolutely love it. It is one of the things I’m passionate about. I’ve had a lot of talks with our safety office to see how we can better prepare you all for riding. You have to take care of each other -- that is the biggest point I wanted to get out here. I ask you all that are here to be an active rider, share what you learned today with others on the installation.”