OMAHA, Neb. — Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, announced it will host a special ceremony as part of its military campaign, Operation Freedom. At 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at its global headquarters in Omaha, Werner will unveil its new Operation Freedom truck displayed in a full military theme. Notable speakers will include Derek Leathers, president and COO of Werner Enterprises, and John Hilgert, director of the Nebraska Department of Veteran Affairs.
As part of the ceremony, Werner will present 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. The truck will also be showcased at truck shows, recruiting events and specific veteran ceremonies to bring awareness to Werner’s industry-leading military apprenticeship program.
“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.