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Come Prepared

Between growing up in the Northeast and serving in the military for nearly 20 years, I have quite a bit of experience driving in different weather conditions. I thought I knew everything about operating a vehicle during winter. Nothing, however, could prepare me for high-altitude mountain driving.

Curbing Motorcycle Fatalities in 2024

Despite increased messaging warning Soldiers of the dangers of riding a motorcycle, FY23 was the worst year in a decade for fatal PMV-2 (motorcycle) mishaps. The Army saw 38 Soldiers die in motorcycle mishaps in FY23 — well above the five-year average from FY18-22 of 24 fatalities a year. This is truly significant when it is estimated that only 12-15% of the Army population are motorcycle riders.

  • 14 January 2024
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Never Ignore the Signs

Winter was in full swing at Forward Operating Base Speicher, but the sky was clear. I could still see the sun and feel a sense of warmth; however, once reality kicked in, the air was chilly even at mid-day. My unit was on the last leg of a yearlong deployment, and the overall morale of my fellow Soldiers was high.

  • 14 January 2024
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A Dangerous Business

As evening approached, the crews were preparing for their night vision goggle (NVG) training mission. The task was to conduct readiness level (RL) progression for hoist operations. As the crew adjusted their NVGs and cranked the UH-60, they had no idea a routine litter hoist training mission would result in something much more.

  • 14 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Safeguarding Against Hazardous Energy

On-the-job accidents, such as the ones described above, are all preventable. The key is for management to develop and implement a LOTO program that clearly delineates the standards and ensures those standards are strictly enforced at all worksites within the organization.

  • 7 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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This Is It!

It was New Year’s Day and I’d spent the previous night celebrating by downing beers with my buddies. Crawling out of the rack about the following morning, I planned to hit the road for my girlfriend’s house. I’d gotten about seven hours of sleep, but I was still dragging. I washed down a bite to eat with a glass of water and was out the door.

  • 7 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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