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Vandenberg to host motorcycle all call

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Gate guards here conduct daily proper protective equipment inspections with all inbound motorcyclists before allowing base access. As a general motorcycle refresher, the 30th Space Wing safety office is hosting a motorcycle all call at the base theater from 9 – 10 a.m. April 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Gate guards here conduct daily proper protective equipment inspections with all inbound motorcyclists before allowing base access. As a general motorcycle refresher, the 30th Space Wing safety office is hosting a motorcycle all call at the base theater from 9 – 10 a.m. April 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Space Wing safety office is hosting a motorcycle all call at the base theater from 9 - 10 a.m. April 21.

The motorcycle all call is not a mandatory function for base motorcyclists; however, participation is encouraged by base leadership and the assembly is open to all base personnel.

"Even though it is fun, we want to highlight the fact that motorcycling is a risky activity," said Mr. William Stark, the 30th SW chief of pad and missile safety.

Representatives from the 30th SW safety office, 30th Security Forces Squadron, Central Coast True Riders and Green Knights motorcycle clubs will conduct presentations at the motorcycle all call.

Vandenberg is hosting the motorcycle all call as part of the Air Force Safety Center's spring spike focus initiative, which is designed to increase awareness among Airmen to help prevent future motorcycle mishaps. Air Force Safety Center officials conducted a study of motorcycle mishaps from fiscal year 2006 to 2008 and determined the number of fatal motorcycle mishaps doubled in the spring compared to the winter season. After this review, April was determined as the most dangerous month of the year for motorcycle fatalities.

"Spring is the time of year people with motorcycles generally start to ride again after the cold winter months," said Mr. Doug Harmon, a 30th SW safety specialist. "Motorcyclists need to prepare their motorcycles as well as themselves for the riding season. The goal of having the motorcycle all call is to give our base populace the tools to enjoy a safe riding season."

Between March 1 and May 22, 2009, 71 percent of the 11 Air Force motor vehicle fatalities involved motorcycles.

The motorcycle all call discussion topics will include mishap statistics, personal protective equipment, training, mentor clubs and riding tips. Due to Vandenberg's diverse topography, the motorcycle all call will also cover information concerning the possible dangers motorcycle riders face on the Central Coast.

"This area is extremely dynamic," said Mr. Michael Trudeau, a 30th SW safety specialist. "Motorcyclists are likely to encounter steep hills, wild animals, slick surfaces, high speeds (highway driving), bright sun, fog and rapidly changing weather. The motorcycle all call will be a good opportunity for people here to get together and learn from one another."

For more information about the motorcycle all call, call Staff Sgt. Michael Ferguson at 606-2607.

Motorcycle safety: The bottom-line

No alcohol

Don't speed

Ride defensively


Use extreme care

Assume the other guy doesn't see you

Ride with in your limits