Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point --
Marines assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, Marine Air Control Group 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing presented a plaque to officers from the New Bern Police Department in appreciation for an Advanced Riders Course they provided Marines in New Bern, North Carolina, Aug. 9, 2017.
The New Bern Police Department hosted the one day course, and taught Marines how to properly utilize more advanced techniques and procedures while riding a motorcycle. These advanced techniques included proper steering at high speeds; tilt control; and motorcycle riding formations. The Marines must complete ARC once every three years to maintain motorcycle safety standards.
“Without this training, the Marines wouldn’t be in compliance with [Marine Corps Order 5100.19F],” said Sgt. Quinton Moore, a platoon sergeant assigned to MWCS-28. “The Marines took in a lot of knowledge, and it was a big reality check for the Marines as far as looking left and looking right while riding their motorcycle; and going over the steps of the things we need to do on a daily basis to make sure that we’re doing the things we’re supposed to be doing.”
Prior to participating in the ARC, all Marines must complete the Basic Riders Course which focuses on developing skills on closed, cone courses. ARC focuses on getting the students on the open road.
“During the Advance Riders Course, we’re not teaching them the basics of riding, we are actually getting them out there on the streets and highways,” said Master Police Officer Aaron Williams.
The training began with a meet and greet between the police officers and the Marines, followed by classes taught by the officers on advanced procedures that emphasized safety precautions while riding a motorcycle. When the classroom portion of the training ended, the Marines and police officers went on a motorcycle ride to apply the knowledge learned.
“During the riding portion, the officers assessed the skills the Marines were taught in the classroom portion,” said Williams. “We watched to ensure they used proper hand and turn signals while turning and made sure they avoided road hazards such as road paint or pot holes in the road.”
Moore wanted to extend a thanks to the New Bern Police Department for helping instruct the course and making the Marines safer motorcycle riders.