Schneider driver and 8-year U.S. Army veteran Jon Ritscher of Crown City, Ohio, has been selected by the company to drive this year’s Freightliner Ride of Pride military tribute truck.
Ritscher has driven with Schneider since July 2013 in the Van Truckload NE Regional division. During his time in the Army, he worked as a petroleum supply specialist and used his GI Bill to earn his commercial driver’s license.
This year marks the 10th time in the 14 years of the Ride of Pride program that Schneider has received the truck.
The tractor features historical images representing all U.S. conflicts from World War II through the present. It showcases black and white imagery of a beach invasion on D-Day, a helicopter landing in Vietnam and a patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan. Additionally, it features an American flag and a bald eagle, along with the words “Honoring all who have served.” The hood pays tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
The truck is a 2017 Cascadia Evolution with a Detroit DD15. Schneider says this year’s truck will spend the next 12 months traveling to various military-themed events before joining Schneider’s fleet to primarily haul freight.