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Across the Army, Soldiers have many different hobbies to occupy their off-duty time. One of the main hobbies I often hear about is Soldiers working on their private motor vehicles. While doing the work themselves may help them save money on a costly repair or modification, it can be dangerous if they don’t have the proper tools to do the job safely.

It Is Your Problem Too

While riding to lunch with a couple of friends, one of them said, “Did y’all hear Jodie was killed in a car wreck?” I was shocked. Jodie and I had just made plans on Facebook to meet up before she deployed. I wondered how this could have happened. Then my other friend said, “You know she was never a good driver.”

  • 14 February 2021
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Reversing Course

Picture this: You live on a farm in North Dakota, the temperature outside is just 7 F and the ground is covered in snow.

  • 7 February 2021
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The Price of Impatience

It was just before New Year’s and I was leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to move my family back to South Carolina. I was coming off active duty and rented a twin-axle trailer and installed a hitch on my minivan.

  • 24 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Just Stay Home

It was a fairly typical January morning in the Midwest when I headed out for my monthly individual duty training assembly weekend in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. There were several inches of snow on the ground already and more was on the way. Fortunately, my Army unit would be conducting indoor training and maintenance due to the severe cold, ice and potential for bad weather.

  • 10 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Throwing Safety Out the Window

Several winters ago, I crashed my car into a guardrail on a desolate strip of road in northern New York. I am not proud of my actions leading up to that day. This accident could have been prevented, however, had I been honest with my leadership.

  • 1 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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