FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Oct. 08, 2008) - The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, an internationally recognized non-profit organization, recently awarded the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center for contributions toward motorcycle safety.

The awards for "Outstanding Motorcycle Safety Support," presented at the Atlanta Military Motorcycle Rally, were accepted by director of Army safety, Brig. Gen. Bill Forrester and Army Traffic Safety Manager, Earnest W. Eakins. U.S. Army Central Command hosted the Atlanta Area Military Motorcycle Safety Rally Sept. 25 and 26 at Fort Gillem, Ga.

"As the demands upon the rider-education community grow, MSF desires to acknowledge those outstanding contributors whose accomplishments exemplify the spirit and intent of rider education," said MSF President Tim Buche.

The USACRC was commended for support of the U.S. Army worldwide motorcycle safety program, and coordinating the joint efforts with the Navy in the development of the Military Sportbike RiderCourse

Every year, based on nominations from the training community, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recognizes individuals, groups, businesses, military services and state programs for outstanding contributions to motorcycle safety in the United States. MSF award nominees are reviewed and judged within their respective categories by a panel of motorcycle safety professionals.

"The awards are our way of providing recognition and a thank-you to those dedicated, hard-working and often unsung champions of rider education and training," said Buche. "Whether the award recognizes an individual or an organization, behind it all you'll find people devoted to the common goal of motorcyclist safety."

Since 1973, MSF has set internationally-recognized standards that promote the safety of motorcyclists with rider education courses, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF Awards Program is one way the safety community is able to recognize such outstanding accomplishment.

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(Jennifer Albert serves with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.)