"...When riding I feel freedom..."

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Ward, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant 1st Sgt., poses next to his motorcycle May 16, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Ward, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant 1st Sgt., poses next to his motorcycle May 16, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Hunsaker)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Callif. --

“I have been riding for 11 years. When riding I feel freedom. It is like when surfers chase the perfect wave and I’ve been fortunate enough to chase the same thing on a motorcycle. The perfect road on the perfect day with perfect weather and the buzz that goes through your body as you’re just in sync while firing on all cylinders. Throughout that time I have had a lot of close calls, but have been fortunate enough to not have a very bad experience. I would like to say to the young Airmen learning to ride a motorcycle, you should train and practice. Find somebody that’s older than you and is more experienced and take every opportunity to go with them to learn everything they have to offer. Like flying, motorcycling is a perishable skill and the only way to remain proficient is to practice as often as you can.”

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Ward, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant 1st Sgt.

Hometown: Modesto, California