48 LRS reminds Team Lakenheath of proper GMV driving

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  • By Senior Airman Stacy Sanchez
  • 48 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
In an effort to promote this year's safety campaign of "Make the Right Call" at RAF Lakenheath, the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron is providing guidance on safe driving while in a Government Motor Vehicle.

According to the 48th LRS, the number one GMV incident doesn't even occur on the road, most mishaps occur in parking lots on base.

"Drivers don't pay attention to the proximity of other vehicles when pulling into parking spaces, opening doors and backing out," said Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Norland, 48 LRS Vehicle Operations chief dispatcher. "A lot of times, this type of damage doesn't get reported right away. People think 'Aw, it's just a scratch. No one will notice.'" 

What might look like a minor nick or ding on a vehicle isn't all that minor, Sergeant Norland added. Accident forms must be filled out for each incident and reported to the Vehicle Management Flight immediately.

Other reasons for misuse of a GMV is speeding, using the vehicle for purposes other than official business and not inspecting a vehicle properly before operating.

"GMVs are to be driven with care and caution and traffic laws obeyed at all times," Sergeant Norland said. "Government vehicles are to be inspected for safety issues prior to being driven and are to be used for official business only."

Air Force motor vehicles can only be driven by military, civilian employees, approved civilian contractors, and non-appropriated fund employees who possess a valid AF Form 2293, U.S. Air Force Motor Vehicle Operator Identification Card.

The 48th LRS would like to remind individuals that a Government Driver's License is a privilege, not a right and if misused can be taken away with disciplinary actions to follow. 

Negligence, willful misconduct or deliberate unauthorized use of a GMV may result in a Article 92 for military personnel. For civilian, the misuse of a GMV could result in suspension from duty.

"Cautious and attentive driving in a GMV lessens the chance of an accident occurring," Sergeant Norland said. "Less accidents means less injuries to personnel and less money lost on vehicle or property repairs."

Here are tips to think about while driving a Government Motor Vehicle:
  • Make sure you are fully qualified on the vehicle being operated. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and road conditions.
  • If backing or turning in tight, low visibility areas, have someone assist you.