News: From motorcycle restoration to Afghan National Army adviser
Story by 1st Lt. Vanessa Macekura
FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan – A native of Winston Salem, N.C., 1st Lt. Scott Kincaid is a transportation officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, Combined Task Force Raider, who spends his days in Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistance Team logistics officer (Battalion S4). While he is responsible for advising and assisting his counterpart in the 2nd Brigade, 2 Kandak Afghan National Army, his real passion lies in rebuilding motorcycles.
As an 8-year-old boy, Kincaid saw the movie “The Wild Ones” starring Marlin Brando and instantly fell in love with motorcycles. He thought it was the “coolest thing ever,” and he knew he wanted to rebuild them. At the age of 16 he brought home his first motorcycle with no clue how to ride it; he was considered the “black sheep” of his family. With his parents fuming, he kept the motorcycle and rode it and consequently broke it. With no money to fix the motorcycle, he knew he had to fix it on his own.
Ever since then Kincaid has had more than 20 motorcycles which he rebuilt to his liking, and none of them have remained true-to-stock. The first motorcycle rebuilt by 1st Lt. Kincaid was a 1981 Honda CM 400, which he successfully rebuilt his first year in college, but his favorite is the “Honda CB 750."
“It is bullet proof and anything can be done with its base,” said 1st Lt. Kincaid.
Kincaid has many other things in life that he enjoys just as much, if not more, than his motorcycles—his wife and daughter, Brook and Iris, are his top priority. His ultimate long-term goal in life is to be a good dad and to raise a happy, healthy family.
“If I can do that I will be successful,” 1st Lt. Kincaid said.
Along with his family he enjoys any sports that involve North Carolina State University, carpentry and anything that has a motor.
“I enjoy tinkering with anything that has a motor,” 1st Lt. Kincaid said, then added “I bought a riding lawnmower. That is the day I became a man!”
With an array of passions, one still remains, that being the hard work Kincaid contributes to the SFAT, striving to better himself and the Afghan National Army. While he is in Afghanistan he hopes to improve the ANA logistics system.
As with most soldiers, Kincaid also cannot wait to get home to his family and continue to be a loving father and husband, relax on weekends, and spend time on his hobbies.