Briefly: Veterans in trucking to receive special salute during MATS

Military-themed truck

Many of the men and women who are professional drivers are also veterans of one branch or another of the U.s. military, and they will receive special recognition during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville next week.

The show will feature a display of military-themed wrapped trucks from a variety of carriers. The drivers of those trucks will also be at Grand Showcase. 

The display will be in the Pavilion of the show, which is from March 30 to April 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to cast a vote in the People's Choice Award, which recognizes one of the trucks in the Grand Showcase.

Also part of the salute to veterans will be a display by Wreaths Across America, the annual effort to place memorial wreaths on the graves of veterans across the country. This will include a demonstration of how the wreaths are made.

MATS' show hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Navajo CDL program receives tanker

The Marathon Petroleum Corporation recently donated a tractor and tanker trailer to the CDL program of the Navajo Technical University in Crowpoint, New Mexico.

The primary goal of the program is to train the student driver to obtain a CDL. Students learn how to safely and legally operate various types of tractor-trailer combinations (van trailer, tanker, doubles, and triples). The curriculum incorporates general theories of tractor-trailer operation including proper maintenance, pre-trip inspections, daily log requirements, professional tractor-trailer maneuvers, and highway operation.

V.J. Smith, Marathon’s manager for ESG and stakeholder engagement, said during a presentation event at the university that Navajo Technical University’s workforce is increasingly better at preparing individuals for professional success by increasing access to high-quality educational training and career readiness resources, including vocational, technical, and skilled trades.

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