JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Recently, Joint Base Charleston was awarded the Air Mobility Command Motorcycle Safety Award for 2013, for having the most outstanding motorcycle safety unit in AMC.
In 2012, the motorcycle safety program was highlighted by playing a vital role in ground safety, and garnishing the "Distinguished Ground Safety Award" for AMC.
2013 was no different.
The motorcycle safety program was able to accomplish their recent award by incorporating mentorship from senior leadership down, remaining inclusive to all agencies and branches of the military and providing training to new riders to promote proactive mishap-reduction on motorcycles.
According to the award citation, throughout the year newly certified volunteer instructors shadowed, trained and worked alongside senior instructors. The volunteer instructors led the annual motorcycle safety rodeo, where more than 350 riders were briefed on safety, and 55 representatives from safety were involved.
Outside of Joint Base Charleston, other agencies assisted in volunteering in the further education of motorcycle safety at JB Charleston, including the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and the North Charleston Police Palmetto Motorcycle Comp.
"Motorcycle Safety Training provides a way for riders to recognize hazards associated with operating a motorcycle and to learn the skills necessary to avoid a mishap such as emergency braking, cornering, balance, and where to safely position one's self in traffic," said Christopher Anderson, 628th Air Base Wing chief of ground safety. "This award is a testament to all the hard work and selfless volunteer efforts of the instructors and individuals that promote safety to our service members every day. Our motorcycle program is truly a team effort between Air Force and Navy volunteers and our community partner, Trident Technical College."