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NEWS | March 31, 2017

JB Charleston hosts annual motorcycle safety event

By Airman 1st Class Kevin West Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

As seasons change and temperatures rise, service members might consider revving up their motorcycles to take to the streets, but before the rubber meets the road, Airmen should be aware of Air Force safety requirements.


More than 200 service members and civilians attended an annual motorcycle safety brief hosted by the 628th Air Base Wing safety office here, March 31, 2017.


According to Air Force Instruction 91-207, all active duty Air Force motorcyclists are required to attend at least one briefing annually. The 628th ABW safety office provides service members with an annual class to help fulfill that requirement.


“They are not alone,” said James McMurry, 628th ABW traffic safety manager. “They have 200 people right here that they can get mentorship from. We want to encourage more mentorship of the military members to make sure they know what the requirements are to keep them safe and get their minds into a responsible and safe riding attitude.”


Active duty Airmen are also required to take a refresher motorcycle course training every five years after completion of their intermediate course training which helps riders react to adverse situations.


“I encourage motorcycle riders to go out and get more training than the regulations require to stay up to date on emergency skills,” said McMurry. “What usually costs people their lives is when they panic.”


The safety brief covered the importance of risk management, personal protective equipment, training requirements and opportunities as well as mentorship programs. The event also featured a motorcycle judging competition and a ride led the by the Green Knights military motorcycle group to a local motorcycle dealership for a free lunch.