PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- When selecting a new vehicle, some service members decide they would rather ride on two wheels than four. While riding a motorcycle isn’t inherently dangerous, bikers face additional risks while out on the road.
At Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, experienced riders on staff address those risks and ensures riders are prepared. Throughout the year, the command’s Motorcycle Safety Program hosts rides and events to help military members become more comfortable during their rides. The program caters to all skill levels from lifelong riders to Sailors who are still considering purchasing their first bike.
In order to ride a motorcycle on base, riders must complete the Basic Riders Course and have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. The first of these requirements has the biggest impact on safety and accident prevention. The Basic Riders Course teaches students important safety tips including the rules of the road, how to ride in a group and how to use hand gestures. Teaching personnel how to operate and ride their motorcycle safely reduces the likelihood of getting into accidents and can lessen the severity of potentially fatal accidents.
The class is taught from the perspective that the rider has never ridden a motorcycle, so no license, motorcycle or skill level is required.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about this course. Many students think they need to have a license or a motorcycle already or that signing up for a class is difficult,” said Chief Information Systems Technician William Kelley of IWTC Corry Station. “None of that is true, and we try to make it easy and encouraging to sign up.”
Kelley, the Motorcycle Safety Program coordinator, has been riding motorcycles for more than 30 years and currently owns three motorcycles. He is responsible for ensuring all current riders or prospective riders, both staff and students, attend the Basic Riders Course. He also facilitates the Advanced Riders Course.
Since assuming the coordinator role, Kelly has organized four meet and greets and six group rides to promote motor cycle safety and morale among current and prospective riders. To date, more than 150 riders have attended the Basic Riders Course.
“We hold these events to raise awareness and to get the students accustomed to riding within regulations,” said Kelly. “The most recent motorcycle safety meet and greet drew the attention of upwards of 150 students.”
The next motorcycle safety event is scheduled for March 23. Student and staff riders across Corry Station plan to meet at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station Morale, Welfare and Recreation office at 9 a.m. for a group ride to Foley, Alabama.
IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians and officers in the information warfare community.
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