23rd QM Brigade supports bike safety
October 20, 2011
FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 20, 2011) -- The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade conducted a motorcycle safety ride Friday in response to the recent loss of a brigade Soldier and the record increase of Soldier fatalities Army wide related to motorcycle use.
The intent of these events is to foster an environment of mentorship and support to motorcyclists within the brigade. These events will ensure familiarity with appropriate safety precautions and risks while reinforcing the skills necessary to ride safely.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hawes, a 40-year veteran rider, and Lt. Col. Dave Dinkelman, the 23rd Qm Bde. executive officer, provided a safety brief and instructions for the ride before departing for the Virginia Diner. A common thread among both briefs was "ride your ride." With this phrase, both senior riders encouraged the members of the group to ride safely within their own comfort zones. After all the participants arrived at their destination, they conducted an After Action Review to allow the experienced riders to share behaviors they identified on the road and offer suggestions to improve riding habits.
First Lt. Terrance King, a 13-year rider, said the new riders signaled well in the light to medium traffic they encountered along the route. Capt. Glandis Williams believes the ride was beneficial to the riding community in 23rd Qm Bde. because it allowed motorcyclists to gain visibility of fellow riders. This visibility will encourage new riders to seek guidance from more experienced riders and facilitates an environment of mentorship.
Dinkelman said the ride set the foundation for many events to come including those at the battalion and brigade level. He predicts these events will continue to grow as participants encourage other riders to take part.