|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.
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
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.