Coast Guard teaches members motorcycle safety in NJ

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Senior Airman Cathleen Barton, member of the 177th Fighter Air Wing New Jersey Air National Guard, conducts her motorcycle safety course at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., June 8, 2011. This is Barton's first time taking the course.

Post and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen

According to Coast Guard policy, it is required for active duty members to take a motorcycle safety course before riding a motorcycle on or off duty. Members of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, Sector Field Office Atlantic City, N.J., Electronics Support Detachment Atlantic City and Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City were trained to be proficient in the basic motorcycle safety course so they may train others in the area.  

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Lt. Miles Randall, Engineering Officer Sector Field Office Atlantic City, N.J., instructs Senior Airman Charles Zingrone, member of the 177th Fighter Wing New Jersey Air National Guard, during his motorcycle safety course at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City June 8, 2011.

The course at Air Station Atlantic City is open to active duty members, their dependants and retirees of all military branches for free.  

The instructors of the course were trained by Dale Wisnieski, Coast Guard Traffic Safety Program Manager at Coast Guard Headquarters. Their seven day course to train others consisted of five days learning how to be proficient in the course as an instructor and two days running a class under supervision. There are currently four motorcycle safety course programs set up in the Coast Guard, this being one of them.

Lt. Miles Randall, engineering officer at Sector Field Office Atlantic City, Master Chief James Bordell, Command Master Chief at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, Chief Petty Officer Paul Greenwood, supervisor at  Electronic Support Detachment, Atlantic City and John McDevitt, command support assistant at Air Station Atlantic City are all certified to instruct the course in the area.

“We are out here to learn how to be safe and have fun,” said Greenwood. “No matter how many years you have been riding, you will always be better or learn something new from taking this course.”

Currently, these instructors teach a course once a month and are being trained in September 2011 to instruct the advanced motorcycle safety course.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Chief Petty Officer Paul Greenwood, Electronics Support Detachment Atlantic City, N.J., times Senior Airman Charles Zingrone, member of the 177th Fighter Wing New Jersey Air National Guard, during his motorcycle safety course at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City June 8, 2011. Greenwood is one of four Coast Guard members trained to conduct the course for active duty members, their dependants and retirees.

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