Knight Honors Veteran Truckers with the Fleet of Heroes
Knight Transportation is proud to recognize our veteran drivers with our Fleet of Heroes. Each Knight driver who travels in a Fleet of Heroes truck is a veteran who has been honored in an unveiling ceremony at Knight's North Office.
Marine Corps - Aircraft Mechanic
"One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the military is that you have to take time for family. At the end of the day, your family are the ones who are there for you all the time. I have learned this during my military service, as well as in trucking."
- Brian Thompson
What branch of the military did you serve in?
I served in the Marine Corps for 20 years. My father was in the Marine Corp, as well as a couple of my uncles. I saw what it did for them and I wanted to do the same thing.
What was daily life like?
I was an aircraft mechanic. For me, it was kind of like having a regular job. We maintained the aircraft, got weekends off... The only time things were different was when we were deployed overseas somewhere. I was deployed 7 times.
What is the greatest lesson you learned in the military?
One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the military is that you have to take time for family. At the end of the day, your family are the ones who are there for you all the time. I have learned this during my military service, as well as in trucking.
What was your favorite part about the military?
I had a certain duty that I really enjoyed, which was working five years for President Clinton. You know how they have Air Force One? I was with Marine One, which is the helicopter unit. We would transport the President, Vice President, and foreign heads of state around via helicopter.
When did you start driving?
I was actually driving while I was in the military. The Marine Corps paid for my CDL, so I got licensed and then I worked a lot of part time jobs driving trucks and tour buses.
What motivated you to become a truck driver?
Every since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with large vehicles - trucks and buses. I can remember growing up in Chicago and getting excited every time we went somewhere in the car and got on the freeway because I knew I would see trucks. I am living out my boyhood dream. Something about it was fascinating for me as a child. It was the same even in my aviation career in the military. I used to put together model planes a lot as a kid. After I joined the Marine Corps once I got older, I found myself working on some of the same aircraft that I put together in those models as a kid.
Do you have any cool experiences you would like to share?
One of the cooler experiences that I had in the military was all of the traveling that I did. I have been to 25 countries in the military career! Now, as a truck driver, I am still traveling. I have been to 45 of the 48 lower states.
Favorite part about being a truck driver?
What I really like about trucking is that you feel like you're doing something important. The side of the Fleet of Heroes trucks say, "We served our country then and we are serving our country now." And that's what I feel like. I am serving the country now, just in a different way.
Army - Network Systems Operator - Knight Driver since 2019.
"It is satisfying to be in an industry that is considered as one of the "American heroes" right now. It is cool to see the backbone and behind the scenes of everything, seeing all the distribution centers for all the big-name companies."
- Marcia Lechenbill
Marcia Luchenbill was raised in Columbus, Ohio. She joined the military in August of 2001, a month before 9/11. She met her husband while they were both serving in the military and married him in 2005. They have 3 children. Marcia was hired by Knight Transportation in December of 2019 and, by February, had her own truck. She joined the trucking industry primarily to support her family, but also loves traveling, driving, and being challenged.
Served 4 years in the Army as a network specialist.
How the military prepared her for a career:
- Discipline. You have to get up in the morning even if you don’t want to, be professional, work well with others.
- Mission attitude. You are always thinking about your mission, or your goal, and you work until that mission is accomplished.
- Adaptability. That carries over to any job, especially with truck driving.
Top trucking industry issues she's passionate about:
- Truckers against Trafficking. As a trucking industry, we can really be on the front lines and bring awareness to this issue, which is a huge global problem.
- Recycling availability. There needs to be recycling containers at truck stops.
Favorite part of working with Knight: I like adventure, I like to be in motion, I like challenges, I like travelling, I like driving. There are a lot of good benefits. I enjoy being behind the scenes of all the retailers. I like to see how all the commerce happens and everything going into it. You get to see how everyone is involved and recognize that everyone is important.
I see myself staying with it for a long time. I am going to keep working until I can’t work anymore. I have a goal to be in the million miles club.
Navy - Communications Specialist - Knight Driver since 2016.
"The military protects [our] nation and way of life, while trucks supply the goods so we can enjoy our way of life."
- Chris McCarroll
In October 2016, McCarroll started his career at Knight as a trainee. He worked as an experienced driver, a classroom instructor, a recruiter, and a driver development manager. Currently, he drives OTR.
Served 4 years in Jacksonville, FL.
Favorite piece of Navy equipment: Blue Angels - FA - 18, #7, the only Blue Angel that is a two-seater.
Favorite parts of serving:
- Having a uniform every day so you never have to pick out an outfit.
- A unique camaraderie with brothers and sisters that haven’t ever been found in a different civilian job.
- Sharing a special bond with who you’re serving with.
Favorite part of working with Knight: The people. Every department from dispatch to break down. From the mechanics to payroll. Knight hires the best talent to support the drivers and the company.
Join a veteran friendly trucking company
Finding employment can sometimes be a challenge when you return home after serving in the armed forces — but it doesn’t have to be. Start your trucking career with Knight and enjoy rewarding, mission-focused work, flexible schedules, and competitive pay. Learn more about careers for veterans at Knight by talking to a recruiter.