ViT Spotlight: From soldier to trucker

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    These two military veterans found the perfect way to apply the skills they learned in the military to civilian life – a career with Prime Inc

    Fletcher Williams grew up in a family of veterans, so he knew what he was getting into when he enlisted in the Army in 1994 and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia as a motorman in the mechanized unit HHC 2/69.

    “My father was a war veteran from Vietnam. With his strong codes of conduct, I was raised with undeniable work ethic and discipline,” Williams said. 

    “In the infantry we walked around with backpacks and dug a lot of holes.”

    After two and a half years, Williams decided to transfer into the Florida National Guard, allowing him to pursue a career as a police officer. He became a deputy sheriff in 1997, and then an investigator, before moving to Atlanta Georgia in 2005, where he worked with the FBI gang task force. Before ending his law enforcement career, Williams used his experience to work as a senior instructor teaching new recruits. 

    In addition to all of the veterans in his family, Williams also comes from a long line of truck drivers, so in 2015 he joined Prime as a flatbed operator. 

    “I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to do a little investigating and find out which is the best company,” Williams explained. 

    Williams worked as a team driver before becoming Prime’s flatbed safety instructor in 2018 – a position that he still holds today. 

    Williams says he loves having his leadership skills put to good use, the opportunity to meet new people, and to travel the country. 

    Terry Henry joined the Army National Guard in November 2008, and completed basic training during the summer between his junior and senior year of High School. 

    He soon became a 91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and worked on wheeled vehicles and trailers. 

    He was deployed to Afghanistan  in 2013, where he served as an aircraft refueller where he refueled apache helicopters and black hawks. 

    Henry has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Missouri Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal for his time overseas. 

     “[Joining the military]  will be difficult,” Henry warned, “but just about anyone, if they set their mind to it, can do it.” 

    Henry is still active in the US National Guard.

    In 2017, Henry decided to put the mechanical skills he earned in the military to good use by joining the Prime team as a trailer rebuild technician, where he still works today. 

    Henry rebuilds all of Prime’s flatbeds and tankers that pass through the shop 

    “It is a physically demanding job,” he said. 

    “You have to be willing to work long hours, but it’s a really good environment to be in. Every trailer is different and you’re never really doing the same thing over and over.” 

    Thank you for your service, gentlemen!

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