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Movement operations might not sound dangerous, and they’re certainly not all that glamorous. As my unit’s movement officer, I must confess I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of moving our equipment — all 1,500 pieces — from theater and being the last to arrive home.

A State of Being

We started our movement shortly after dark and all was uneventful for the first hour. My squad leader was training me on the “finer points” of driving while towing the tool van.

  • 15 January 2023
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WARNING: Wheels Might Come Off

Whether you fly or drive, we’ve all seen those same famous words in our operator’s manuals: NOTES, WARNINGS and CAUTIONS! These simple messages are printed for a reason, and here is an example that highlights their importance.

  • 8 January 2023
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Driver Training: A Top Priority

As the world’s premier land force, our Army relies on safe vehicle operations to accomplish missions of every magnitude. From combat operations to routine motor pool functions in garrison, drivers and vehicle crews provide critical support to the force. Accidents in Government Motor Vehicles (GMV), however, have historically been a leading cause of on-duty Soldier deaths.

  • 11 December 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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When the Plan Changes

There were a lot of risk factors that could have spelled disaster for this convoy, including fatigue, time of day, vehicle speed, convoy spacing, environmental hazards and lack of situational awareness. Thanks to good planning and risk analysis, my platoon took extra precautions against the added hazards.

  • 1 October 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Off the Trail

During one deployment, I learned a valuable lesson that I shared with every unit I was assigned to afterward: While technological advancements can help make our jobs as Soldiers a little easier, we must fully understand the capabilities and limitations of new equipment.

  • 25 September 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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