Sgt. 1st Class Denver Stubbe, a canon crewmember assigned to Battery C., 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sits for a photograph on his motorcycle prior to a unit check ride on Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Stubbe and more than 30 other Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Denver Stubbe, a canon crewmember assigned to Battery C., 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sits for a photograph on his motorcycle prior to a unit check ride on Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Stubbe and more than 30 other Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker) (Photo Credit: Capt. Daniel Parker) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Sean Matson, a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gives a thumbs up to signal that he is ready to begin the unit check ride at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Sean Matson, a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gives a thumbs up to signal that he is ready to begin the unit check ride at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker) (Photo Credit: Capt. Daniel Parker) VIEW ORIGINAL
Master Sgt. Jason Stalnaker, electronic warfare specialist and brigade Motorcycle Mentorship Program noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, delivers a check ride safety briefing to more than 30 motorcycle riders from three battalions across 1st SBCT at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. Jason Stalnaker, electronic warfare specialist and brigade Motorcycle Mentorship Program noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, delivers a check ride safety briefing to more than 30 motorcycle riders from three battalions across 1st SBCT at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker) (Photo Credit: Capt. Daniel Parker) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, begins a unit check ride at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
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A Soldier with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, drives his motorcycle to the start point of a unit check ride at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remain in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
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Soldiers with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receive a safety briefing from the 1st SBCT motorcycle mentor prior to conducting a unit check ride at Fort Carson, Colorado, May 8, 2020. Soldiers conducted the check ride to build camaraderie and ensure their respective unit motorcycle mentorship programs remained in compliance with Army regulations and local policies while maintaining social distancing in accordance with policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)
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FORT CARSON, Colo. – Motorcyclists from three battalions within 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a check ride May 8, 2020.

The event provided the 1st SBCT motorcycle mentorship noncommissioned officer in charge, Master Sgt. Jason Stalnaker, an electronic warfare specialist from Newark, Ohio, an opportunity to oversee the inspection of the motorcyclists’ required documentation needed to safely and legally operate their motorcycles.

The Motorcycle Mentorship Program (MMP) is designed to support unit motorcycle safety efforts and foster an environment that emphasizes skilled and disciplined riding, according to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

“We check for registration, insurance, and motorcycle foundation cards to include the basic rider course I, basic rider course II and the military sportbike rider course,” said Stalnaker.

The check ride also served as an opportunity for Soldiers to build camaraderie with fellow motorcyclists and pair riders together to foster safe motorcycle riding practices.

One of the main ways the MMP does this is by hosting group rides and rallies, which is an aspect of the program Stalnaker finds valuable.

“I like getting everybody together and having riders know that there is a program out there that they can be a part of and share knowledge with each other,” said Stalnaker.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, social distancing did not stand in the way of the motorcycle mentorship program’s check ride.

“At a time like this, there’s no better way to social distance than being on a motorcycle,” said Stalnaker.

Stalnaker was not the only mentor present on the day of the check ride.

The 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st SBCT was one of the three battalions that participated in the day’s check ride. The battalion’s motorcycle mentor, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Atchison, a field artillery firefinder radar operator with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 12th FA Regt. , came out to oversee his unit’s riders prior to the check ride.

“[The motorcycle mentorship program] reiterates safety, and it gets Soldiers out to get riding since they may not have been able to do so during the winter,” said Atchison.

Atchison also discussed a detailed checklist which riders use prior to heading out on unit check rides called the T-CLOCS inspection, which ensures all motorcycles are inspected to the same standard.

“We make sure the bikes are running correctly, and [Soldiers] have the right safety gear,” said Atchison.

Mentors bring unique background and often decades of experience to these check rides.

Sgt. 1st Class Denver Stubbe, a cannon crewmember with Battery C., 2nd Bn., 12th FA Reg., 1st SBCT, said he first started riding motorcycles and dirt bikes under the mentorship of his parents when he was six years old and enjoys sharing experiences with his fellow riders.

“What I like about [these mentorship] rides is they bring all the other riders together – a little something outside of the work realm,” said Stubbe.

Stubbe also acknowledged it is never too late to increase your skills as a rider regardless of your experience level.

“Even though I’ve been riding for so long, you can develop skills all the time and become a better rider overall,” said Stubbe.

New and experienced riders can find purpose from the program according to Stalnaker, who believes check rides are much more than just joy rides during a duty day.

“For [new Soldiers] to be with other riders is teaching them new lessons that they might not know,” said Stalnaker.