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 September 24, 2010

Safety

88th RSC holds Motorcycle Safety Challenge at Pine View Campground

Story & photo by Kerry Larsen, 88th Regional Support command Public Affairs

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) conducted its first Motorcycle Safety Challenge Sept. 1 at Fort McCoy, Wis.

PHOTO: Riders check out their motorcycles at the Motorcycle Safety Challenge held at Fort McCoy by the 88th Regional Support Command. Photo by Kerry Larsen
Riders check out their motorcycles at the Motorcycle Safety Challenge held at Fort McCoy by the 88th Regional Support Command.

The keynote speaker for the event was Chief Warrant Officer 5 James E. Thompson, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve. Thompson, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, lent his wholehearted support to the event.

“I really applaud Maj. Gen. (Glenn J.) Lesniak and Brig. Gen. (Frank A.) Cipolla for taking the lead in promoting a safety event such as this. I believe riding is an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime if it is done safely and responsibly. This is the first event of this type that I have been invited to, the first of its kind that I am aware of. We lose too many people in motorcycle accidents, and I completely support a safety and mentorship program,” said Thompson. Lesniak is the 88th RSC commanding general and Fort McCoy’s senior commander. Cipolla is the 88th RSC deputy commanding general.

The Patriot Rider Motorcycle Mentorship Program, 181st Infantry Brigade Motorcycle Mentorship Program, and the Wisconsin Patriot Guard Veteran Organization supported the event, including providing Group Ride Captains for a trip from Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground South Pavilion, the site of the event, to the High Ground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, Wis.

Additional support was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Phil Neidner, state coordinator of the transportable high end (THE) Rider Education Facility (REF) and Ken Heis, RiderCoach Trainer for Wisconsin, provided attendees a tour of THE REF van. THE REF van provides information on riding, along with simulators to introduce the public to safe operation of a motorcycle.

Cipolla paired with Thompson to present plaques to the Best Bike winners at the event. Best foreign bike went to Terry Schumacher of the 88th RSC for his 2005 Suzuki GSX-R, while Scott Scholl of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center took domestic honors with “The Beast” which is a 2002 FLSTF (Fat Boy) Harley Davidson.

“I think the Challenge came off very successfully. Our goal is to make motorcycling a safer and more enjoyable activity, and I can’t thank our supporting partners enough for their assistance. I feel the event will continue to grow and improve annually and will set the standard for motorcycle safety for all our customers in the 88th RSC region,” said Mike Curtis, 88th RSC Safety Officer. Planning for next year’s event already has begun.

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