During Fiscal Year 2019, the Dover Air Force Base (AFB), DE Safety Team continued to emphasize the Motorcycle Safety Program for the 436th Airlift Wing (AW), which supports more than 200 riders. SSgt Kenneth Reid managed the program with assistance from squadron motorcycle safety representatives under the leadership of Ms. Lorie Bellamy, 436 AW Occupational Safety Manager.
Dover AFB takes great pride in its motorcycle mentorship program, where senior riders mentor and spend time with less experienced riders, teaching them the safety aspects of riding. Reid and the safety team regularly work with four rider coaches, Green Knight Military Motorcycle Club Charter members, squadron motorcycle safety representatives, and motorcycle mentors to maintain an effective program. To coin a phrase: “teamwork makes the dream work.” This past year, in conjunction with its Motorcycle Safety Day, the 436 AW Safety Office joined forces with Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC, to promote “Street Smart,” a program designed to inform the audience of the consequences of risky behavior. Following a safety briefing to more than 150 riders, a professional racing team presented numerous safe riding techniques. The day ended with a group ride and motorcycle safety displays by five vendors from the community. In addition, members from the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club organized four mentorship rides throughout the year. The continued emphasis on motorcycle safety during the year contributed to the success of the 436 AW’s Motorcycle Safety Program, and the efforts are essential to maintaining its remarkable record of having zero Class A or B motorcycle safety mishaps in the past 6 years.
Reid has managed Dover AFB’s Motorcycle Safety Program since 2017. The exceptional team continually promotes awareness of Motorcycle Safety through teaching methods, promotional items, and rider participation tactics to encourage the members of Dover AFB to become engaged in the program. Identifying weaknesses in the program played a vital role in the success and development within the safety office. A challenge for Dover AFB is that inbound members and new riders slide under the radar as riders without essential credentials or acknowledgment in the Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool program. Proper distribution of information and unit engagement have helped solve this lack of awareness and similar issues, and ensure that new and inbound riders and non-riders are aware of Motorcycle Safety Program policies and requirements. The goal is continued excellence and keeping motorcycle riders safe.