TMC Participates in ESGR Signing Ceremony and Convoy

on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Awards & Recognition

The United States Military had a big presence at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), and TMC was honored to have the opportunity to be involved in an empathetic cause.

FASTPORT, Inc., and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) coordinated a record breaking signing ceremony on April 1 at MATS where 78 employers gathered to publicly show their support of hiring veterans, National Guard members, Reserve soldiers, transitioning service members and military spouses.

To kick off this event, a group of trucking company FASTPORT sponsors conducted a small convoy to transport a number of military and civilian dignitaries to the signing ceremony. TMC driver and military veteran, Logan Hastings, had the honor of transporting the head of the U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life program, Col. Adam Rocke, as well as Mike Sanders from the local ESGR office. Col. Rocke has been heavily involved with FASTPORT initiatives and has become very familiar with the significant employment opportunities that are available in the trucking industry.

Hastings represented TMC in the convoy

Hastings (center) escorted head of the U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life program, Col. Adam Rocke (left), and ESGR representative Mike Sanders to the ceremony.

At the signing ceremony, the current Acting Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy, joined the group and discussed his personal experiences with the trucking industry and committed to supporting the effort to make veterans more aware of the employment opportunities it has to offer.

The day before the convoy event, Secretary Murphy held a private presentation with a few select Army veterans working in the trucking industry. Hastings and Duane Boswell, TMC’s Vice President of Recruiting, were invited to represent TMC Transportation at the event. The Secretary listened to each of the invitees’ stories of their transition challenges from the Army to the trucking industry and solicited feedback on how to make this process easier and more efficient.     

“TMC’s participation in veteran events like this demonstrates our continued commitment to support our veterans with great career opportunities,” says Boswell. “We value the skills and attributes that veterans bring to TMC.”