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36th Wing debuts Motorcycle Mentorship Program during all-call

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Senior leaders from the 36th Wing held an all-call at the base theater Oct. 26 for Team Andersen's motorcycle operators. 

The all-call was part of an annual safety requirement for riders, but the mandatory briefing gave leaders an opportunity to showcase the new Motorcycle Mentorship Program implemented by the 36th Wing safety office under the direction of Brig. Gen. Phil Ruhlman, 36th WG commander. 

According to Lt. Col. Bill Heaster, 36th WG safety office, the ultimate goal for the all-call and the mentorship program is to ensure the riders are aware of safety procedures, including all Air Force regulations and supplements, and know the proper equipment and training required to ride a motorcycle. 

The program provides experienced riders off all ranks an opportunity to share "war stories" and scenarios they've encountered to novice riders, enabling motorcycle riders to police their own. 

Staff Sgt. John Ware, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant and motorcycle rider for more than 15 years, volunteered to be one of 35 mentors on base in order to provide his expertise to new riders and keep the program from being a mandatory morale issue where riders would receive directed training from non-riders. 

For more information on the program or to volunteer to become a motorcycle mentor, contact the 36th WG safety office at 366-7233.

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