By Tech. Sgt. Joe Woolston
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 101 critical days of summer are here. Motorcycle enthusiasts are popping up all over the place as temperatures rise across the country.
I ponder on how to define a safe rider. I strive to ride within my limits both physically and mentally, encourage the safest alternatives regarding personal protective gear and manage and accept the least amount of risk. I became a motorcycle enthusiast about seven years ago. My neighbor in Okinawa, Japan, was always bike-sitting for different deployed Airmen, so there was a constant presence of motorcycles in our carport.
The Warrior Games are off to a great start, thanks to participation from Airmen such as Staff Sgt. Richard Pollock II.
In an article written by Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young of Defense Media Agency-San Antonio, Sergeant Pollock describes how he went from being a severely injured individual to the highly-competive lived in the gym as a competitive body builder, a lean 235 pounds with only 10 percent body fat. In August 2008, Sergeant Pollock was on his way to work on his motorcycle when he collided with a car that ran through a stop sign. He was traveling 55 miles per hour and upon impact, flew 97 feet from his bike. Everything below his waist – his pelvis, knees, legs and feet – was broken. He was in a coma for three weeks, and was treated in six different hospitals in six months. All of his broken bones were rebuilt with metal.
Yet the sergeant is back in the game, literally. He’s competing in events such as wheelchair basketball, shot put and discus.