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.