The 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted a Motorcycle Safety Day, training for both novice and experienced motorcyclists, at the Nellis Air Force Base Reserve Center April 5.
The Motorcycle Safety Day was an opportunity to conduct both motorcycle training and an introduction to the Motorcycle Mentorship Program. This program is a requirement for all U.S. Army Soldiers who want to operate a motorcycle.
The purpose of the Motorcycle Mentorship Program is to establish voluntary installation-level motorcycle clubs, where less experienced riders and seasoned riders can create a supportive environment of responsible motorcycle riding and enjoyment. Such an environment can create positive conduct and behavior and serve as a force multiplier that supports a commander’s motorcycle accident prevention program.
After this introductory seminar, candidates will attend a 4 day course, 2 days and 2 nights, conducted by the Harley-Davidson Corp, where they will learn advanced skills and earn a motorcycle license.
“We conduct this training in the hopes of saving lives,” said Joanna Needam, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Program manager and 25-year Los Angeles retired police officer. “I think everyone should take this course. It teaches candidates about emergency stops and hazardous turns.”
A Soldier can meet the sustainment-training requirement by taking an advanced level motorcycle course. The intent of the advanced courses is not to teach an Army rider to race but to learn how to better control a motorcycle by applying advanced techniques that transfer to street riding.
“I took this course because I know that all Soldiers are required to take it in order to operate their motorcycles,” said Pvt. Seth Marshall, 314th CSSB signal support specialist. “I want to make sure I know all the rules of the road.”
The Army Safety Program helps Soldiers met the sustainment-training requirement by taking an advanced level motorcycle course.