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Soldiers from the 43rd Sustainment Brigade (43rd SB) and other units throughout Fort Carson held a motorcycle safety ride on August 29. The Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group reported the ride was organized in response to a motorcycle safety message sent out by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, which noted that since the beginning of June, the Army has lost 14 soldiers to motorcycle fatalities.
“The ride served to enhance both safety and esprit de corps,” said Sgt. Todd Miller, a road captain for the ride, which was dubbed “Rough Rider Ride” or R3 for short. “The safety side was shown by ensuring all Soldiers were wearing the appropriate equipment, acting appropriately on motorcycles, riding within the rider’s personal limits and being alert and aware of other vehicles and hazards on the road.”
Prior to the 40-mile ride from Fort Carson to Cripple Creek, the riders met in the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd SB parking lot to conduct a pre-ride safety check. These checks consisted of thorough inspections of each motorcycle and ensuring every rider had the appropriate personal protective equipment.
“As a motorcycle rider myself, with over 15 years of experience, I wanted to have leadership presence and show that I am no different than the lowest [ranking] private, in that I need to have my bike checked out as well for all the appropriate safety checks,” said Col. Kirk Whitson, provisional commander, 43rd SB, who organized the R3.
[Did you know?: More than half of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries treated in ERs in 2008 were to the leg/foot or head/neck.]
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