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Although many years have passed, I distinctly recall the practical exercise on changing a tire as a young private just starting my military career. The reason why this memory stands out is due to a run-in with a particularly loud and brash drill instructor that happened to see me working without eye protection. The ensuing 15-minute PT session ensured I learned one thing — personal protective equipment is important. 
What No-fly Zone?
Our mission was a two-ship armed reconnaissance patrol in our sector designed to prevent and identify insurgent activity at known hot spots. In hindsight, I now realize a couple of important things I should have considered to avoid a close call. 
  • 1 June 2014
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Young and Dumb
There I was, young and dumb, riding a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle with no helmet, goggles, gloves or any other personal protective equipment. There were about eight of us that day, and we were out of control.
  • 1 June 2014
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Road to Ruin
My unit had just completed a hugely successful three-week trip to the field at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. We were all ready to get back to our base in sunny Southern California. But first we had to get our vehicles home safely.
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Know Your Comfort Level
As aviators, we have all reached a point in which our comfort level was exceeded; however, rarely does one say something until later. There was one night, though, while flying over Iraq that I reached my comfort level and said something about it.
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Two-Up or Two Down?
As we cruised down the road on my GSXR 750 at 40 mph, the girl riding on the back whispered into my ear, “What does this thing got?” At that exact moment, a little devil appeared on my shoulder and said, “Let’s show her!” 
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 13455
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