Joint Base Charleston and nearby Trident Technical College in North Charleston, S.C., will collaborate to offer motorcycle riding classes to military personnel under a partnership approved earlier this month.
The college will offer classes on the installation — made up of Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Charleston — and allow service members to take the off-base course at a reduced rate. In return, the college will provide maintenance for the joint base’s motorcycle fleet, reported Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs.
“We have the largest safety program out of all the technical schools in S.C., and we are thrilled to be able to share resources,” said Steve Price, program manager for continuing education at Trident. “Not only does it help expose civilians to the joint base but it also provides the joint base safety personnel access to some of the best trained staff in the state,” Price said.
The partnership is expected to slash the backlog of service members waiting to take the class.
In addition to agreeing to the motorcycle riding course initiative at the Dec. 4 meeting, community and installation leaders also signed a charter signifying their alliance to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership program.
“Having this program here at our base has really helped strengthen our partnerships with the local Charleston communities, as well as develop some joint initiatives which will benefit all,” said Lt. Col Ralph “E.T.” Taylor, deputy commander of the 628th Mission Support Group and the base’s P4 project officer.
A total of nine initiatives have been developed. Others include bringing the Berkley County Library’s book mobile onto Naval Weapons Station Charleston and trying to create a consolidated 911 call center with local police stations, according to the story.
The joint base plans to complete agreements with community members on additional initiatives shortly, and to explore new partnership ideas as well, Taylor said.