Eight 8th Theater Sustainment Command motorcycle riders took their riding expertise to the next level when they volunteered for and completed the internationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach certification training course on July 23 at Leeward Community College.

Coming from various military specialties and both officer and noncommissioned officers, the eight newest RiderCoaches will further ensure safety oversight over one of the most dangerous Soldier activities within the 8th TSC.

To complete the training course, all riders dedicated three consecutive full weekends of their personal time; starting on Friday evenings until dusk on Sundays, totaling nearly 80 hours.

The training involved intense academics related to motorcycle operation, riding fundamentals, and safety. The training also included advanced riding skills training to the highest level, ensuring each rider could coach, mentor, and train fellow Soldiers to ride as safely as possible. The now certified MSF RiderCoaches exhibit a sincere desire to help reduce fellow Soldier motorcycle mishaps, crashes, injuries, and deaths, and are available to assist Soldiers within the command.

"The reason I felt this course was important is because I wanted to teach, coach, and mentor new riders, as well as encourage good motorcycle riding habits and re-enforce Basic Riding Fundamentals for experienced riders," said Sgt. 1st Class Marc W. Barrett, from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command SPO.

Certified RiderCoaches are the backbone of the MSF RiderCourse training system. With Soldier safety as their primary motivator to attend the training, they are essential to motorcycle safety and excellent motorcycle mentorship in the 8th TSC.

If you are interested in becoming a certified RiderCoach, are Staff Sgt. or above, have at least five years of motorcycle experience, a clean riding record and unit endorsement, email the 8th TSC's Safety office at timothy.r.ahyoung-shelton.civ@mail.mil for more information.