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Motorcycle Safety Course available now

U.S. Air Force Maj. Wade Rivers and Master Sgt. Gene Croft conducted motorcycle safety training 25-26 Aug, 2012. Carolina Honda loaned two Honda motorcycles to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., to use in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at no cost to the base. 
(S.C. Air National Guard photo courtesy Zachary Rivers/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Wade Rivers and Master Sgt. Gene Croft conducted motorcycle safety training 25-26 Aug, 2012. Carolina Honda loaned two Honda motorcycles to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., to use in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at no cost to the base. (S.C. Air National Guard photo courtesy Zachary Rivers/RELEASED)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. -- With warmer temperatures and longer days, more motorcyclists will take to the roads, and the Swamp Fox Safety Office says all riders must take the Motorcycle Safety Course. 

"If you are in the military, and ride a motorcycle, you need to take this course," said Chief Master Sgt. Lee Shepherd, Safety and Occupational Health Manager. "We offer the class throughout the year and it teaches fundamentals of riding for beginners, to more experienced riders."

The course is taught by Lt. Col. Wade Rivers, commander of the 169th Communications Flight, and Master Sgt. Gene Hart. The course is a must for any military member who rides motorcycles.

"We conduct these courses every month, normally the second weekend after drill," Rivers said.

To register for a class, please email Chief Lee Shepherd at lee.d.shepherd.mil@mail.mil and include your commander's email address. On the day of class, all riders will need their permits or license, motorcycle registration and proof of insurance.  All riders must wear appropriate protective clothing.

"Let's remember we all share the road, and motorcycle safety starts with everyone," Shepherd said.