Hohenfels welcomes ATVs to FMWR fleet
April 27, 2009
HOHENFELS, Germany -- The arrival of 22 brand-new All Terrain Vehicles makes U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels' Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation outdoor recreation program the first in Europe with the vehicles.
"While it's primarily for Warrior Adventure Quest, we will be permitting our residents to take full advantage of these super fun recreational machines as well as our extensive courses," said Stacye Downing, garrison FMWR director.
A chief instructor for the ATV Safety Institute was at Hohenfels April 9 preparing FMWR staff from throughout Germany for ATV rider's course instructor certification.
Jamie Stevens, Hohenfels FMWR special events coordinator, said eventually those instructors will offer classes to U.S. I.D. card holders about once a month that riders must take before being permitted to use the vehicles.
The course would typically last three to five hours and would then allow riders to participate in MWR-led excursions through the Hohenfels training area.
"The courses will be designed for the rider. We have an entry level or easier course all the way up to a full advanced rider coarse," said Downing, adding that the courses are challenging enough to satisfy even the most experienced riders.
"The contractors that were hired to construct the ATVs together tested them on our course. They were begging to return and use their own quads to explore more of our course offerings. They said we've got a totally awesome trail. That's a high compliment coming from expert quad owners."
Stevens said that in addition to renting the ATVs themselves ODR will also lend riders all the equipment necessary to ride safely, including helmets and protective clothing.