Sgt. Laurissa Hodges
3rd DSB
Photo by Sgt. Laurissa Hodges
Master Sgt. Dereck Souder (left) the maintenance manager of 87th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Anderson (right) the 87th DSSB primary motorcycle mentor, conduct a quarterly motorcycle inspection, Oct. 22 on Fort Stewart.

Safety first: Providers host motorcycle training

Soldiers assigned to 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted a quarterly motorcycle inspection, Oct. 22 on Fort Stewart. The inspection is designed to promote safety, educate riders on policy and procedures and to ensure that riders are properly licensed.

“We’re doing our quarterly pre-check ride,” said Staff Sgt. Wendell Rivens, the 87th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 3DSB, motorcycle mentor. “The companies do their own checks, but we’re bringing everybody together to ensure that they’re doing the right thing and get everybody good to go.”

In order to ride a motorcycle on post, Soldiers have to complete the installation motorcycle mentorship course.

“Soldiers can get complacent with their equipment very easily whereas if you have a fresh set of eyes looking at the equipment we may catch something that they don’t,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Anderson, the 87th DSSB primary motorcycle mentor. “With motorcycles, something very small can cause an accident.”

The motorcycle mentors inspect and conduct motorcycle safety and riding courses in order to prevent accidents and build proficiency among riders.

“Motorcycle accidents are a big thing in the Army,” Rivens said. “What we can do to get after it is ensure that everyone knows the rules and regulations, understand how to be extra safe and what is expected of them which includes their equipment like the helmet, gloves and something reflective on the body when riding. Also, the motorcycle itself has to have safety features and everything put together like it’s supposed to be.”

By providing a quarterly check and ride, the course raises awareness for motorcycle riders.

“I’m hoping to get more riders and more awareness,” Rivens said. “If Soldiers and civilians see that we support motorcycle safety requirements for the Army and the local population, I hope it will mitigate incidents and accidents that happen, the Soldiers understand how to ride in a group and what we’re expecting them to look for when they’re riding by themselves.”

The inspection follows up with a motorcycle ride to the 3rd Infantry Division ride next week. Not only is the Division ride supporting motorcycle safety, but it also builds camaraderie amongst fellow riders.

“I want to make sure the Soldiers are familiar with the policies, gain some camaraderie with the fellow riders and to have a nice enjoyable ride with someone instead of by themselves,” Anderson said. “Riding motorcycles sometimes can be long and you don’t get the capability of a radio or slacking off like you can in a car. On a motorcycle your attention should be in a high state of alertness at all times and you can get fatigue very easily. With camaraderie, is can be nice to have someone with you.”