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August 30, 2001 f y.l Lasts, if" I v G ' - Ii ';..--- v '.; rr. V M fc. Vs . of Ho J & 0 7i Photo by Senior Airman Rum Martin Motorcycle safety students prepare to put the pedal down and thunder across Parking Lot 8 to put classroom theory Into practice on the pavement , . . .. v By regulation Popular motorcycle connirse teaches 05 die irs safety of it." by Gary Boyle Hilltop Times staff Before you get your motor running and head out to the highway, take an afternoon to learn how to ride your motorcycle safely. in compliance with Hill Air Force Base offers the Motor Safety Foundation's class on riding every other Friday in Bldg. 383 and Parking Lot 8 near South-gat- e Drive and Eighth Street. The foundation is collaboration between the five major motorcycle manufacturers. The course is mandatory for any person who wants to ride on base. AFI-9120- 7 The course is very effective and the response is always positive. People have often told me how they were able to stay out of danger because of what they learned in the course," said Terry Olsen, lead instructor for the base course. "Some people take the course every year because they always get something out The program and subsequent course have been adopted throughout the DoD and federal government agencies. Hill is the hub for participating agencies in the area and with limited class size the course now has a three-wee- k waiting list. r course combines classroom The 6 discussion and instruction along with road technique development. A mix of military and civilian instructors teaches the course and previous foundation instructors are encouraged to volunteer their skills and knowledge for future classes. "The program itself is a success. It's well put together in an informative fashion," said Olsen. "No matter how long a person has been riding or how much experience that individual may have, there is always more to learn." Those interested in taking the course should call Olsen at Ext. -- - v - , it . IlA Riders Mike Shannon, top, and Tim Langan accelerate toward a safer ride as they receive pointers from Instructor 1st Lt. Neal VanHouten. 12-hou- r; I i - V . , . ' 7 ' : ) 1 ' 1 ' ?7 "n'siu.im, ii If It's, bmkem, let Gold Hwg "'"" tieannni fix It hy Gary Boylo Hilltop Times staff 71 To fix the unfixable and return what has been repaired to the customer is the mission of the 388th Fighter Wing Gold Flag circuit card repair specialists who work to keep the aircraft flying at top performance levels. "What we want everyone to know is that we aren't here just for the 388th. We're here for the whole base," said lead technician Staff Sgt. Kenneth Jones. "If you have something that you don't think can be fixed, give us a try and we might be able to help." Since October the team has repaired 884 items saving the 388th FW almost $800,000. Big savings come from little places. Using microscopes, computers, robotics and devices designed by team members, the unit tests and repairs 6 internal warning light displays, circuit cards for various systems and are finishing up repairs on airborne videotape recorders. AVTRs provide the pictures of the mission that are used to review what happened in the sky, Jones said. These are 8mm videotape machines much like the VCRs people have in their homes or offices. "The AVTRs are items that can be thrown away, but the company who we got them from stopped making them in 1990. If we threw away a unit every time it broke down, we'd have run out of them years ago," said Jones. "We repair items that have no repair capability at this time." l i 1 Photos by Gary Boyle Staff Sgt. Ken Jones, left, solders a multi-laycircuit card assembly with the help of a microscope. Senior Airman Byron Lynch checks an caution panel with the aid of a tool designed in the shop. er F-- "Things that go to DRMO rarely get returned for their original purpose. The people there try to salvage precious metals, light bulbs and other stuff from the equipment," said Jones. "We try to intercept parts before going to the DRMO. We can replace screws, light bulbs, check wires, connectors, whatever, then turn it back as serviceable." Saving the Air Force money can also earn money. The Gold Flag team can provide tips on completing an AF Form 1000, Suggestion program form that may earn people cash for money saving ideas. "We want more to do and we think there are people and organizations on base that can use our help," said Jones. "If you have something that is electronic or has a circuit board in it, before throwing it out and spending the money to replace it or sending it off base bring it on down to us." For more information on Gold Flag services, call Ext. video focusing on acute intoxication Hill-produc- ed by Gary Boyle Hilltop Times staff A night on the town can result in a morning at the morgue when alcohol is consumed too fast. Hill's 367th Training Support Squadron Media Production Flight is currently producing a short feature about acute alcohol intox- ' ication. "It's very serious and doesn't matter how old you are or why you're drinking or where or with whom. This condition can kill a man or a woman. It doesn't care if you're rich or poor, powerful or weak. It doesn't care if you're celebrating or drinking to escape. It kills equally," said producerdirector Brad Dallof, who is making the video for Grand Forks AFB, N.D., OOR COPY I f F-1- This type of item is known as XB3 and it can be thrown away in a trash receptacle. Gold Flag also works on XF3 items; these are items that have something wrong with them and are on the way to the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office. r- and the Grand Forks City Council. "Grand Forks seems to have a high percentage of these type of cases and felt it was time to do something about it. I'm happy to be a part of it and hopefully we can save some lives." Instead of providing a video scroll of static facts and stern warnings, Dallof is producing a educational informative photoplay. Three stories based on actual events will depict for the audience the real danger of acute alcohol intoxication. Two high school seniors interconnect the stories. The target audience for the video is ages will so Dallof is casting base volunteers in roles to keep the feel real and look authentic to the viewers. "We received permission from families to J 1: 14-2- 4, use these stories, though we've changed names and places that sort of a thing to protect identities," said Dallof. "This is the biggest production I've ever done. This is the most people I've had involved, we're using multiple cameras and locations. This project is very intense." With one of the larger video production teams in the Air Force the majority of 367th productions are for customers outside of Hill AFB, according to Dallof. "Normally our customers are Air Force and they know what they want their video to be and what location to use. What adds to the challenge of this particular project is that the customer knew what the video should be about, but not how to deliver the message," said Dallof. "I've worked about a month all together on the production since I got it February. This is very much like producing a television show. It requires a lot of coordination." The topic also adds to the complexity of the production, Dallof said. Acute alcohol intoxication can take place when a person exceeds the amount of alcoholic intoxicants the body can handle. A person should not exceed consuming a certain amount of alcohol per hour as defined by sex and weight. "What makes the symptom so dangerous is people around the victim don't realize what's happening. The individual goes to sleep and doesn't wake up," said Dallof. "Our video will be seen in schools in North Dakota and the base that asked for it."