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The ride south over the Siskiyou Mountains from Oregon to California started out cool enough. Up at 4,000 feet, it was chilly enough that I was glad I had added the jacket liner and neck warmer. But a hundred miles later, as I descend into the Sacramento Valley, the temperature begins to soar. 
The Invisible Enemy
The nature of our business requires Soldiers to always be prepared to operate in severe weather conditions with extreme temperatures; however, heat injuries can occur even when temperatures aren’t extreme.
  • 1 July 2014
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Whether at Home or the Hangar
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. 
  • 1 July 2014
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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
  • Author: Army Safety
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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
  • Author: Army Safety
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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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