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Beale offers Basic Riders Course II

Senior Airman Jeffery Frischmon, 9th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural technician, runs through a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012.  This was the first time the BRC II was offered at Beale.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Senior Airman Jeffery Frischmon, 9th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural technician, runs through a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. This was the first time the BRC II was offered at Beale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified rider coach Kevin Pickerel, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron structures carpenter, instructs Basic Riders Course II students at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012.  BRC II is similar to the BRC offered at Yuba College except students ride their own motorcycles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified rider coach Kevin Pickerel, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron structures carpenter, instructs Basic Riders Course II students at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. BRC II is similar to the BRC offered at Yuba College except students ride their own motorcycles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Senior Airman Jeffery Frischmon, 9th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural technician, prepares to run a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012.  Throughout the duration of the course students learned valuable safety tips, speed control, and maneuvering around corners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Senior Airman Jeffery Frischmon, 9th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural technician, prepares to run a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. Throughout the duration of the course students learned valuable safety tips, speed control, and maneuvering around corners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Students of the Basic Riders Course II line up to ride at the Omni parking lot at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012.  The course was a controlled simulated environment that prepared students for what they may encounter on the road.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released))

Students of the Basic Riders Course II line up to ride at the Omni parking lot at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. The course was a controlled simulated environment that prepared students for what they may encounter on the road. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Students maneuver through a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. Course instructors taught students different ways to handle emergency situations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Students maneuver through a drill during the Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. Course instructors taught students different ways to handle emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified rider coaches Kevin Pickerel (left) and Patrick Geronimi (right) give safety instructions to students of Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012.  The course designed by the MSF for riders who already have basic skills.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified rider coaches Kevin Pickerel (left) and Patrick Geronimi (right) give safety instructions to students of Basic Riders Course II at Beale Air Force Base, May 23, 2012. The course designed by the MSF for riders who already have basic skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., -- Twelve members of Team Beale participated in the Basic Riders Course II at the Omni parking lot here May 23.

The course's main focuses were safety and a basic riding skills refresher using their personal motorcycle.

"The course is designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for riders who already have basic skills," said Staff Sgt. Cas Caruso, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, ground safety technician, motorcycle coordinator. "It is similar to the Basic Riders Course offered at Yuba College except the speeds here are faster and riders are riding their own motorcycle."

Instructors taught students different ways to handle emergency situations as well as safety tips, speed control, and how to maneuver around corners.

This is the first time the BRC II was available at Beale Air Force Base with plans to continue in the future.

"If we can make a course available on base at little or no cost to the Air Force, then why not do it," said Caruso.

Caruso said the course is normally limited to 12 slots for active duty members but if there are any unfilled slots one week prior to each course he will make them available to reservist, DOD civilians, and dependents.

"The course was a great experience," said Tech. Sgt. Gary Pitcher 9th Maintenance Squadron, aircraft structural maintenance craftsman. "The instructors had a lot of useful information to share."

The next course is scheduled for July 11 at 7:00 a.m. at the Omni parking lot. 

Contact your unit motorcycle representative to be scheduled for the course.