Operation Freedom 2

Jim Morbach, associate director of government and field recruiting, recently presented the keys to the second Operation Freedom truck, Freedom 2, to professional driver and U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Green of Hot Springs, Arkansas. This truck will be driven across the country delivering freight to customers while bringing awareness to our military recruiting program, Operation Freedom.

Green has been driving for Werner since 1991 and has been a trainer since 1992. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with new drivers and has trained over 200 student drivers. He is a current Road Team Captain and has also received the award for 2 million safe driving miles.

In his acceptance speech, Green stated he was honored to be chosen to drive Freedom 2 and said he would pledge to do his best. He said he sees the Operation Freedom program as a “win/win” for the Company and for veterans.

When asked what it meant to him as a veteran to be chosen to drive Operation Freedom 2, David said it is a way for him to give back to the veterans. He said he can also be of help to other veterans as he knows what it is like to transition to civilian life and start a new career. He has found parallels to his military career and his career as a professional driver. In both professions, he has been entrusted with expensive equipment and freight. He also received excellent training and structure as a driver, much like his military training.

He is most excited about getting to meet what he considers the real heroes-those who volunteered during a time of war- as he drives Freedom 2. As a veteran and the father of an active duty Marine soldier, he says he thinks about those deployed every day and he can relate to what parents of soldiers go through.

Green has been married to his wife Cindy for 16 years and has two children. He has one daughter, Tabitha. His son, Christopher, is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Werner Enterprises Unveiled Operation Freedom Truck

On Friday, Feb. 22, in the main lobby of its global headquarters, Werner unveiled its new Operation Freedom truck displayed in full military theme. Those who spoke at the event included Derek Leathers, president and COO, Chris Polenz, associate vice president of Human Resources and John Hilgert, director of the Nebraska Department of Veteran Affairs. This truck will be used throughout the year at special events to bring awareness to our military recruiting program, Operation Freedom.

As part of the ceremony, Werner presented professional driver David Conkling, U.S. Army veteran, with the keys to the truck. Conkling is a seasoned Werner driver who has achieved one million miles of safe driving and was recently named as a member of Werner’s Road Team. Conkling will drive the truck on his regular freight routes in addition to special military engagements.

“This military truck is a special way for us to show respect and bring attention to our veterans as it travels around the country,”stated Werner Enterprises President and COO Derek Leathers. “We value all veterans as they have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms, and we are especially proud of our veteran associates.”

Werner developed Operation Freedom in conjunction with the White House veteran campaign. The Company has pledged to hire a minimum of 1,000 veterans in 2013 and more than 5,000 veterans in the next five years. Military veterans comprise approximately 20 percent of Werner’s professional driver work force and 15 percent of all Company associates.

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