Friday, February 17, 2023

Maverick has long been a proud supporter of our nation’s military members.

In September of 2018, our very first military tribute truck, Salute was unveiled. Our goal of introducing this truck was and continues to be to portray honor and pride in our active-duty military members and veterans. Salute's distinctive vinyl wrap depicts each branch of the United States military and images that show a small peek into our history.

As of today, we now operate five Salute trucks throughout the country. There are only a select number of drivers who are asked to take the helm of a Salute truck at Maverick. Along with an extensive interview process, each driver must have served in a branch of the United States military and display a high standard of performance, professionalism and safety.

We’d like to introduce you to our current Maverick Salute drivers.

The most recent Maverick driver to step into a Salute truck is Robert Jones. Robert served in the United States Marine Corps for 16 years and has been driving for Maverick since 2008. Robert said, "My father was a Vietnam War veteran and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.” When asked what he loved about being in the military Robert said he loved the comradery, tradition, and belonging somewhere. He was able to utilize the GI Bill™ to assist him financially while earning his CDL A at Maverick.

Our second Salute driver is Seth Myers. He stepped into a Salute truck in 2021. He is a 21-year veteran of the United States Army and resides in Texas. Seth has been in the Maverick family since 2016 and drives in our Glass division.

In 2022, Mark Warren became the third Maverick driver in a Salute truck. He is a United States Marine veteran and was also named a Driver of the Month for Maverick in October 2021. Not only was Mark able to transport The Wall that Heals in 2022, but he was also able to assist in its setup in Cabot, AR. The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This exhibit tours across the United States, providing veterans the opportunity to view The Wall and experience its healing legacy—all within the comfort of family and friends in their communities.

David Woods stepped into a Salute truck in 2021. He drives in a Dedicated flatbed division out of West Virginia. David retired from the Navy in 1996 after serving for over 18 years. According to David, “Maverick was the only choice for me.” He is a Road Trainer at Maverick and has trained over 26 Maverick students so far during his 8-year tenure at Maverick.

Our 5th and final Salute driver, Eric Curlett, resides in Tennessee. Eric began with Maverick in 2015 and drives in Maverick’s Glass division. He was also chosen as a 2018 Driver of the Month. He is a 20-plus-year United States Marine veteran and was also nominated by a fellow driver for the 2021 Pilot/Flying J Road Warrior contest. There was a total of 2,600 nominations that were narrowed down to 12 and Eric was chosen as the final winner.

We are proud of these drivers and the ability to show honor and pride with these distinctive trucks throughout the United States.