Greetings from Pax River!
After Action Report Update…
Quite a few folks mentioned to me that they’d like to see some feedback on the AAR’s. So far, the Southern Route Riders have generated over 50 After Action Reports (AAR’s) and I have read every one of them – thank you to everyone who took the time to write. (It’s not too late – they are still coming in!) The most commonly referenced items are addressed below along with the number of times they were referenced in an AAR:
- Rider Training (14) – This topic is extremely important and each of us as conscientious riders should take responsibility to ensure we are capable of handling our machines and always seeking to improve our skills. Our Board President emphasized this very issue in nearly all his newsletters from last year. With that being said, there are many different training opportunities out there and I encourage everyone to take advantage of them to improve their skills before RFTW XXXI. I will be doing that very thing myself!
- Route Selection/Detours (9) – RFTW XXX Southern Route experienced some extreme challenges with an unexpected arduous detour and the growing pains of a new stop along the route. Your leadership team will be closely reviewing the issues associated with both in order to determine the best course of action for next year.
- Schedule/Stops (8) – The Run schedule governing dwell time at each stop and the process by which that time is monitored are both under review. Thank you all for the ideas on how to start and stop the clock as well as where we might shave some extended dwell time off a few of the locations. You can expect some noticeable revisions coming for the RFTW XXXI Schedule.
- Staging (8) – There were some evident growing pains with the large number of participants on RFTW XXX as well as some issues with the equipment used to organize the multiple staging locations. Many of the staging team members submitted AAR’s with ideas for improvement that promise to make next year’s operation better than ever.
There were several other issues touched upon such as Fueling Process, FNG Mentoring/Liaison, CB Requirements, and Trucker Coordination and almost all were constructive, thoughtful comments and suggestions – THANK YOU! Your Leadership Team will be reading every one of these AAR’s to help generate actions improving our Run.
Watch for Part 3 coming soon…
Billie “Bugs” Dunlap
Southern Route Coordinator