HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- Several Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) participated in the Fall Inter-Service Motorcycle Safety Ride Oct. 3, for a day of riding, camaraderie, and safety instruction at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va.
Approximately 350 military service members, government contractors and civilians gathered at the event to enjoy purring engines and glistening chrome, while brushing-up on defensive riding techniques that could potentially save lives.
"Today, we have here a lot of seasoned riders and a lot of new riders," said Gen. Abraham Turner, deputy commander for operations, strategic plans/policy and training at Fort Monroe. "It's so important to mind your 'Ps and Qs' while riding, because a lot of things can and will happen, so you must always be conscious of what's going on around you to help save lives on the road."
All riders met at the starting point next to the post bowling center, after going through a safety check conducted by representatives of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The long trail of military and civilian bikers then departed for a 100-mile ride to Franklin, Va., with the Hampton Police Department escorting them.
"We chose to ride to Franklin because it is a warm community, and the people here understand the sacrifice of what you all do for the country every day," said Turner. "We're riding together today as a group, and I am taking every opportunity I get to show off our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines."
The event's safety topics included proper protective equipment and acceptable clothing for riding, motorcycle rules and regulations and requirements for military personnel.
After a motorcycle training exercise and lunch in Franklin, the group departed for Fort Monroe, where hundreds of dollars in raffle prizes and Harley Davidson products were given to the service members. Awards for the best motorcycles in sport, cruiser and touring categories were also presented.
"I encourage all Carl Vinson Sailors to ride together, stay safe and get involved in [motorcycle] clubs or rides like the one today," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Royce Cormier. "These events are about getting together with other riders and enjoying the sport responsibly. The biker community is like a family, and we help one another out while keeping each other safe."
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