Building off of their successful “Operation Freedom” program, Werner Enterprises has teamed up with Roadmaster Drivers School to introduce two new military-themed Freedom Trucks. These trucks are designed to help bring awareness to how important our veterans are to keeping the trucking industry moving. The new design proudly bears the red, white, and blue of the American flag while also paying tribute to 5 branches of the US military.
Vice President of Roadmaster Drivers School, Brad Ball, said “We are very proud to introduce these two new Freedom Trucks to our growing fleet of top-notch CDL training equipment. I hope when veteran students see these trucks they will understand how deeply we are committed to helping transitioning military establish their new careers. Many of our staff are veterans and we could not be more proud to have these tributes to our service men and women, driving the road for everyone to see!”
Werner Enterprises developed the Operation Freedom program in conjunction with the White House veterans campaign and introduced its first truck, Freedom 1, in February 2013. These Freedom Trucks are wrapped with a militarily themed message and are driven by select, seasoned professional Werner drivers who are military veterans or family members of veterans. These trucks operate daily pulling freight as well as attending truck shows, hiring, recruiting, and military appreciation events. Freedom trucks also visit partner schools like Roadmaster, to allow students to see Werner Equipment and share the Werner driver experience.
In 2014, Werner Enterprises added a third truck to its Operation Freedom fleet and handed the keys to Roadmaster Graduate Immanuel Odongkara, a 20-year Navy veteran. “This opportunity is like winning the lottery,” said Odongkara, a Jacksonville, Florida, resident. “I am able to drive this beautiful truck and represent the country and the company. I just want to do the best I can, and I can’t wait.”
School Director Gary Johnson was one of the first to receive a new truck at his Dunn, NC school. He plans on using it at military job fairs in and around the Fort Bragg, NC area. The strong military presence in the area has led to many of Gary’s employees being veterans. Gary said these instructors are proud to train new drivers in these trucks and tell other veterans how they can have a successful career in the truck driving industry. Gary says “Most importantly it shows our proud sponsorship for our commitment to the military to help them continue their careers.”