News: Passionate rider strongly encourages Marines to attend Motorcycle Mentorship Program
People say "one man can't change the world," but that doesn't mean one man can't make a difference in another's life.
Sgt. Steven Potts took his first step into serving others by joining the Marine Corps in 2004. Now as a sergeant with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, he is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist.
Every day revolves around ensuring Marines are prepared for any type of CBRN attack that could occur. Potts runs the gas chamber, which is where Marines learn to properly decontaminate themselves in case of an attack as well as how to properly use a gas mask. He also teaches Marines how to search, identify and control an area in the presence of any chemical agents.
But, he doesn't stop there.
Potts is the vice president of the CLR-27 Motorcycle Mentorship Program. He is responsible for conducting mandatory monthly meetings, keeping riders informed about upcoming events, and preparing and distributing letters of instruction.
"The mentorship program is great," said Potts, a Dayton, Ohio, native. "The rides teach Marines a lot more than they think they will learn."
The program meets once a month to have classes, demonstrations and a group ride to promote safe riding habits and to fine-tune basic riding skills.
"You don't have the safety features on a motorcycle that you have on a car," said Potts. "You don't have airbags, windshields or seatbelts. You can end up killing yourself a lot easier than in a car."
With dangers prevalent, the Marine Corps has made the attendance of programs like the MMP mandatory for everyone who owns or operates a motorcycle.
"Do all the training you can, it will help," said Potts. "Some of the courses offered by the [Corps] are expensive to civilians, and we get them for free. Take full advantage of the opportunities we get. The more training you do, the better the rider you are."
Potts puts everything he has into training his fellow Marines – whether in the gas chamber or on the road – how to survive when dangers prevail.
Date Posted:07.12.2012 16:36
Location:CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, US
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