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Out of Control

Many of the articles in Risk Management magazine tell a story about a less-than-smart decision a co-worker, leader or subordinate made at some point in the author’s career. In this story, however, I am the happy idiot who made the mistake and taught the entire platoon an important lesson.

A Muddy Maneuver

As we approached a hill, the convoy began to slow. Several of the other vehicles had difficulty getting up the slick roadway, but the entire convoy eventually made it to the top. We then started down the 5-percent-grade decline, which wasn’t a problem. The hazard turned out to be the sides of the road, which were about 6 inches lower than the center.

  • 14 July 2024
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Stick with the Standards

While the drivers returned to the motor pool to secure the fire extinguishers, the remaining Soldiers began to load up in the trucks. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed too many Soldiers heading to the rear of one of the trucks. I made my way over there to see what was happening.

  • 9 June 2024
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Under the Bridge

Why is it important to know your route? That is a pretty loaded question, both in the military and civilian worlds. Nowadays, it’s easy to determine the best route to a destination, as just about everyone has a smart phone with GPS or a map app. All you need to do is enter an address or city and you will be presented with a few different options on how to get there.

  • 12 May 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Railhead Ops: Back to Basics

Rail remains a vital part of the deployment process. During past deployment operations, the Army relied on contractors to do the majority of the loading. But with the focus on large-scale combat operations, a unit’s Soldiers will be responsible for rail loading unit equipment.

  • 28 April 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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More than Words

The importance of wearing a seat belt is stressed before just about every convoy, training safety briefing and weekend. Like most young Soldiers, I listened to the words and would say “Hooah!” after my leaders were finished briefing. Also like most young Soldiers, I was only responding out of habit, not compliance.

  • 21 April 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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