FORT HOOD, Texas- Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division held a special Force Protection Day, here, at the Palmer Theater and the battalion's motor pool to raise safety awareness for all Soldiers and Family members, Aug. 20.

Leaders designed the Dragon's Force Protection Day to educate Soldiers on various safety trends, as well as provide them the necessary subject matter experts to teach good safety practices.

"There are two types of error; inherent and human, and we must train away error," said Lt. Col. Miles Brown, battalion commander, from Honea Path, S.C.

Officers from the Morgan's Point Police Department spoke about the rules and regulations of concealed handgun licenses. Billy Hatton and Cassie Walker, from Fort Hood Harley Davidson, provided all motorcycle riders with important riding advice. Ulysses Gary from Fort Hood's Army Substance Abuse Program discussed the problem of drug abuse in the military and how drugs degrade the battle readiness of the fighting force.

"The decision making process is used to mitigate risk with all the hazards that have the potential to injure, kill personnel and damage or destroy equipment" said David Sullivan, the safety officer for 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div.

At the conclusion of the classroom training, all motorcycle riders embarked on a ride around Fort Hood. The ride ended by returning to the Dragon's motor pool where they were greeted by the 1st Calvary Division's Rock Band. There, safety experts were on hand to provide additional technical safety training to all the riders.

As the temperature began to edge above 100 degrees, cold refreshments and fruit became an even more welcomed treat inside the cool down tents.

"Force protection is everyone's concern and I am glad we had subject matter experts on hand to explain the much needed information that would keep us alive and well" said Spc. Corey Smit, of Dubuque, Iowa.

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