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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, May 9 2012

Today's Focus:

Motorcycle Mentorship Program

Senior Leaders are Saying

We simply cannot have Soldiers preying on each other. This rips apart the bonds of trust that hold our Army together in both war and peacetime. At its core, sexual assault is an issue that is ultimately about our Army values -- loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

- Thomas R. Lamont., Army's assistant secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, in his opening remarks at the fifth I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Summit, Leesburg, Va., May 7-9

SHARP takes messages to senior leaders at fifth summit

What They're Saying

No matter what is going on down here on the ground, when you get up in the air, it all goes away. You forget about all your problems and just enjoy the flight. I love it!

- Chief Warrant Officer 4 David R. Lilly, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, an Army rotary-wing aviator, reached a milestone that less than five percent of Army aviators ever achieve, by surpassing 10,000 flight hours.

Army pilot flying high with 10,000 flight hours

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

May
National Mental Health Month- Related website: Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Women's Health Care Month- Related website: Healthy Women
National Military Appreciation Month

May 5 - 7: 5th Annual I. A.M. Strong Campaign Prevention Summit (Registration)

May 11: Military Spouse Appreciation Day- Related website: Army.mil: Army Families

Today's Focus

Motorcycle Mentorship Program

What is it?

The Motorcycle Mentorship Program is a voluntary unit- or installation-level organization where inexperienced and seasoned motorcycle riders are paired together to create a supportive learning environment that promotes safe and responsible riding.

What has the Army done?

The MMP was created at the direction of the Army Chief of Staff in December 2005. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center developed a dedicated website to provide information for leaders, Soldiers and other individuals interested in forming mentorship programs at the unit level, whether through the command, a private organization or a command-private organization partnership.

Most recently, the USACR/Safety Center coordinated with the corporate sector to develop voluntary partnerships between local MMPs and motorcycle parts and repair companies to provide riders with options for mentorship meetings and agendas. This interaction focuses on motorcycle safety and is linked to motorcycle racing teams that provide additional training opportunities for MMP members.

What has the Army planned for the future?

At the request of users in the field, the MMP website will soon be updated with a how to section that outlines the MMP process from implementation to support and sustainment and provides advice for non-riding leaders on ways to support the program. The USACR/Safety Center Driving Directorate continually solicits user feedback and provides information on safe motorcycling through the MMP website and social media. In addition, the Driving Directorate is working in conjunction with the Department of Defense Private Motor Vehicle Task Force on developing nearly 40 motorcycle mentoring modules that can be led by a variety of individuals (train the trainer, military/government instructor volunteers, etc.). The goal is to provide enough variability and subject matter for three years of material, including subjects for all riding seasons. This training will capitalize on previous task force initiatives and provide enough educational material for 20 to 60 minutes of facilitated discussion.

Why is this important to the Army?

During fiscal 2011, 45 Soldiers died in motorcycle accidents - a 12 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. The key to the MMP's success is support from installation and unit commanders and participation by riders within their formations. Since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, now is the perfect time for leaders to engage with their Soldiers on the risks of riding and begin the process of starting a local MMP chapter.

Resources:

U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center home page

Motorcycle Mentorship Program

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