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Hit the Brakes

Several years ago, my Army Reserve unit was mobilized and sent to Iraq. As this was early on in the operation, the unit had to provide for its own resupply runs to Kuwait.

When the Required Training Isn't Enough to Keep You (Entirely) Safe

According to Army statistics, there have been, on average, 288 Class C and D parachuting mishaps annually over the past five years. Nevertheless, it is possible to identify some hazards associated with inexperienced personnel on airborne operations.

  • 29 August 2021
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Unnecessary Risk

During my time at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, I have seen many mishaps and near misses. One, in particular, sticks out more than the others. Here’s what happened.

  • 22 August 2021
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Your Attention, Please!

It only takes one incident to shake up an entire command. The mishap below, which occurred several years ago in my old battalion, sure got the attention of leaders at every level. Commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants were all scrambling to identify the root cause of the mishap and restore morale in the unit. I wrote this article with the hope that it will help commands emphasize the importance of two basic tasks — conducting preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) and developing driver training programs at the unit level.

  • 1 August 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Ground Guiding: The Missing Piece

It was the end of a very productive, mishap-free day. We’d completed about 10 building safety inspections, and the clock was ticking closer and closer to time to punch out for a well-deserved weekend. Then the phone rang.

  • 18 July 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Are You Experienced?

I was 19 and assigned as the commo platoon sergeant driver as my unit prepared to head out for annual training. I had very little driving experience, only receiving my civilian license the morning of the movement.

  • 11 July 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 400
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