Soldier Motorcycle Training
Soldiers schooled on driving motorcycles
By: Natasha Smith
"Three weeks ago, Sgt. Carl Coleman, 41, of the
Mississippi Army National Guard bought his first
motorcycle - a red Kawasaki.
Tuesday found Coleman taking a class to learn to
ride his new toy around Camp Shelby.
"I'm learning things that make me a much better
driver, a more cautious driver," Coleman said.
Coleman was one of eight soldiers participating
in a motorcycle training course for Camp Shelby
soldiers at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.
Sgt. 1st Class Dave Metzler, also with the
Mississippi Army National Guard and the course
instructor, said the purpose is to lose less
soldiers to motorcycle accidents. The course is
mandated by the U.S. Department of Defense and
the U.S. Army if soldiers want to ride their
private motorcycles at Camp Shelby.
Metzler said the agencies made the mandate
because of the number of soldiers who died in
motorcycle accidents. From Oct. 1, 2004 to Sept.
30, 2005 the U.S. Army lost 45 soldiers in
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