The top priority of the the installation Safety Office is to safeguard and protect service members, their families, civilian employees and Army and Air Force property, as well as to create the safest workplace and living environment possible. Safety Office personnel advise, audit and assist commanders and managers in executing their safety and occupational health program in order to protect the mission, prevent injury and damage, comply with the law and limit liability. The safety office also manages the installation Motorcycle Safety Course.

Army Traffic Safety Training Program:

DODI 6055.4 provides the baseline training and operation requirements for motorcyclists within the Department of Defense. Service regulations, such as AR 385-10 and AFI 91-207, contain certain motorcycle safety training requirements for service members and, in some cases, DOD civilian employees. JBLM provides this motorcycle safety training under the Installation Management Command’s Army Traffic Safety Training Program contract. This training includes the MSF Basic Rider Course, Experienced Rider Course and Military Sport Bike Rider Course. All courses meet the DOD and service component standards and are provided on base.


Course registration is through the  Army's IMCOM Registration System, or AIRS. Course attendance is limited to active duty, reserve and National Guard service members (on orders) and DOD civilian employees whose job description requires motorcycle operation. Those not eligible for the on-base courses can obtain training from state-certified schools. Click here for information on state-certified schools.


Unexploded Ordnance UXO:
Throughout the history of JBLM, units training here have used military munitions in live-fire training. Military munitions that are used, but fail to function as intended, are called UXO: unexploded ordnance. Areas known to contain UXO on JBLM are marked and controlled, such as the Central and Artillery Impact Areas on JBLM Lewis Main and the primary impact area on JBLM Yakima Training Center. Research over that past few years, however, has shown that a large amount of the property now called JBLM has been used to conduct and support live-fire training in the past. This has resulted in the possibility of encountering UXO in areas that are not marked and may not appear hazardous.

The Army has established several programs to address the full range of UXO issues, from detection to remediation to long-term monitoring. The Army's UXO Safety program is designed to educate military personnel and civilians alike about the potential hazards associated with UXO. Training is available at UXO Awareness Training.


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