the last word

Sept. 1, 2005
Off we go Thanks to its Westinghouse J-34 jet engine, the Above & Beyond Jet Car fielded by the U.S. Air Force Reserve (USAFR) can crank out 10,000 horses-enough to propel the 26-ft long, 2,300-lb red, white and blue tube of fire up to 400 mph. But mind the fuel bill. The Jet Car burns 40 gallons of diesel to run just 1,800 feet. Its engine, originally designed for a North American Buckeye T-2A airplane,
Off we go…

Thanks to its Westinghouse J-34 jet engine, the “Above & Beyond” Jet Car fielded by the U.S. Air Force Reserve (USAFR) can crank out 10,000 horses-enough to propel the 26-ft long, 2,300-lb red, white and blue tube of fire up to 400 mph.

But mind the fuel bill. The Jet Car burns 40 gallons of diesel to run just 1,800 feet. Its engine, originally designed for a North American Buckeye T-2A airplane, makes the Jet Car one of the fastest land vehicles in the world.

The Jet Car serves as a high-powered recruiting tool. It travels the country in this special trailer, pulled by a Kenworth tractor, with graphics depicting USAFR F-16 fighters flying into the wild blue yonder.

All in a day's work

Fort Lauderdale-based First Fleet Corp. executive vp Mike Lewis, who led employee volunteers in a recent day-long community service spruce-up of the Dania (Florida) Elementary School, takes a moment from landscaping chores outdoors to frolic among the dolphins in the cafeteria mural just finished by some artistic members of the First Fleet crew.

Buckle up, already!

“Truck drivers lag the general population in safety belt use by about 30%. It's a tragedy to lose more than 600 truck drivers per year in highway crashes. Many of these lives would be saved if drivers would just buckle up.”
— Gov. Bill Graves, president & CEO, American Trucking Associations

A worthy payoff

Cardinal Logistics Management, Concord, NC, is the first logistics firm to sign on with the U.S. Army's “Partnership for Youth Success” (PaYS) program, which commits public and private employers to offer priority-hiring status to qualified soldiers during and after completion of their Army tour of duty.

Under the agreement between U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) and Cardinal, enlistees interested in gaining specific job training will receive that training while in the Army with the recruits in turn agreeing to work for Cardinal upon completion of their service.

“We see the PaYS program as the perfect vehicle for attracting, training and hiring outstanding employees for many years to come,” says Jerry Bowman, Cardinal's president & COO.

Cardinal joins a list of more than 100 companies involved with PaYS , including: BellSouth, Caterpillar, HCA, EDS, Lockheed Martin, Sears Logistics Services Inc., State Farm Insurance, John Deere, Pepsi Bottling Group, Goodyear, Dell , and Southwest Airlines.

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