We live in interesting times, and the American people expect us to answer every call, to handle every disaster and to win every fight -- whether here at home or abroad. Our Soldiers live in every zip code and congressional district in America, and we are a solid cross-section of the nation.
- Maj. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., director of the Army National Guard, addressing the crowd for the first time as a lieutenant general, at the promotion ceremony held at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, 2011.
Ingram promoted, sworn in as Army National Guard director
This man thought that he could put fear into our minds, but look at what this has made us do. You've got total strangers coming together for the sacrifice I made in Iraq. He sent his soldiers out to put a suicide bomb on, and we send our Soldiers over and when they get home we're going to do everything we possibly can for them. That's a great feeling.
- Cpl. Jeffery Williams, a wounded veteran, injured in Iraq in May 2004, at age 21, speaks about the unintended positive outcome from Osama Bin Laden's Sept. 11 attack on America.
Wounded veteran receives key to new home, life
Progressive Motorcycle Program
What is it?
Implementation of the Progressive Motorcycle Program (PMP) at Army installations worldwide was mandated by rapid action revision (RAR) to Army Regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program (Oct. 4, 2011).
Under the PMP, all Soldiers who own or operate a motorcycle must complete four separate training events at specific time intervals: the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse, Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly Experienced RiderCourse) or Military SportBike RiderCourse (dependent upon type of motorcycle owned), motorcycle refresher training, and sustainment training. Previous provisions regarding basic personal protective equipment requirements and use of motorcycles by civilians on Army installations were also modified to reflect changes contained in Department of Defense Instruction 6055.04.
What has Army Safety done?
Current Army accident data show a significant number of fatal motorcycle accidents are due to rider indiscipline, not lack of skills. Speeding, loss of control and alcohol are among the top three factors cited in indiscipline-related accident reports. The PMP addresses rider behavior, teaches basic skills, and builds and improves rider attitude and control throughout a Soldier's riding life. The program is designed to continually re-engage riders while promoting safe behaviors, refreshing skills and establishing lifelong learning among the Army's riding population.
What does Army Safety have planned for the future?
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center will work with course instructors and the Army motorcycle community to provide Soldiers an appropriate mix of web-based and hands-on training that emphasizes safe riding, improves rider skills and addresses rider behavior at the initial training level.
Why is this important to the Army?
Total force sustainment is critical to our nation's defense, and every Soldier has a duty to remain mission ready. Senseless losses due to indiscipline impact unit readiness and the Army's ability to protect our nation and our freedoms. The PMP and other training programs provide lifelong learning opportunities that reinforce safe behaviors and enforce standards, keeping Soldiers safe and ready for the fight.
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center home page
Document: AR 385-10, The Army Safety Program (pdf)
Related article: 1AE Safety takes rapid-action revision seriously
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