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Army/Air Force Exchange Service to honor Vietnam vets with rolling billboard

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The three Exchange trucks with trailers honoring Vietnam veterans will transport goods from the Exchange’s continental U.S. distribution centers to service members throughout the country. (Courtesy: EXCHANGE)

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is honoring Vietnam Veterans with a 53-foot rolling billboard.

For the second year in a row, the Exchange created a custom truck design that appears on three of the Department of Defense retailer’s tractor-trailers that deliver merchandise across the United States.

The trucks also deliver a message to Vietnam Veterans: “On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for your service and sacrifice.”

Alongside the message is an image from the National Archives of a young Warfighter, and in the background names carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall can be seen.

The Exchange created the custom truck design to express gratitude to Vietnam Veterans. As a partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the Exchange plans and conducts events to recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families.

“It’s so important we always remember these Veterans’ service,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, who served in the Army during the Vietnam era. “The Exchange is grateful for our Vietnam Veterans and for the opportunity to thank them with this special truck design.”

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Jackson, commemoration director, praised the design’s message.

“The Exchange’s truck design is a rolling tribute to Vietnam veterans,” Jackson said. “Every time these trucks are on the road, they are supporting the Commemoration’s mission of honoring our brave Vietnam Veterans and their families.”

Exchange Facilities Management Office Foreman and Vietnam-era Veteran Eldon Ashley watched the new truck design being applied at the Exchange’s Waco Distribution Center in Waco, Texas.

“I think it’s great because it lets everyone who served know they were appreciated,” said Ashley, who served in the Air Force on active duty for four years and in the Reserves for 21 years. “That’s all they want, just to be appreciated.”

Ashley likes that the truck communicates who the Exchange is serving—the men and women who have worn our Nation’s uniform.

“When I went overseas, that was the one thing we looked forward to: seeing the Exchange there,” Ashley said. “It felt like home when you walked in.”

The trucks also highlight that all honorably discharged Veterans can now shop the Exchange tax-free for life at www.ShopMyExchange.com. Since the benefit launched in November 2017, Veterans shopping the Exchange online have saved nearly $5 million in sales tax.

The three Exchange trucks will transport goods from the Exchange’s continental U.S. distribution centers to service members throughout the country.

The Dayton, Ohio, truck terminal, the Dan Daniel Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia, and the Waco Distribution Center will each have a truck in service on their standard delivery routes.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense and launched by President Barack Obama in 2012. It will continue through Veterans Day 2025.

The Exchange is the Department of Defense’s largest retailer. For 123 years, the Exchange has served the military community by providing retail goods and services at installations around the world and at www.ShopMyExchange.com. Its trucks are an essential part of fulfilling the Exchange’s motto of “We Go Where You Go” to provide soldiers, airmen, veterans, retirees and their families with tax-free shopping at military exclusive prices.

Additionally, 100 percent of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the community, including through Quality-of-Life programs like Army Child Development and Fitness Centers and Air Force Outdoor Recreation. In the last 10 years, the Exchange has contributed $2.4 billion to these programs.

 

 

 

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota

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This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.

 

 

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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses

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Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.

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