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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.

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
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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
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Collision Course

After spending six years in Alaska, I thought winter driving at Fort Drum, New York, would be a snap. After all, I’d seen my share of accidents and figured I was prepared for anything. It only took a week to show me I was wrong.

  • 13 December 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Designated Disaster

I now give an even more in-depth safety brief to my Soldiers and ensure they have my phone number and know they can call me at any hour for a sober ride home. I’d much rather see them get home safely than in the hospital — or worse, in a coffin as we lay them to rest.

  • 17 November 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Pushing My Luck

Hanging upside down in my driver seat, restrained by my seat belt, I was thinking, “How did I get here? What did I do to get myself in this situation?”

  • 8 November 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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