Dayton Freight Lines | Work Ethic, People Skills, and Problem Solving |
Published in the July/August 2013 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Don Blosser is a transportation driver for Dayton Freight Lines in South Bend, Indiana, and a veteran of the United States Army. He was on active duty for 12 years; and he is currently a platoon sergeant in the Indiana Army National Guard. In the Guard, he oversees 40 soldiers and is responsible for the maintenance of 30 tractor-trailers.
Blosser has worked at Dayton Freight for 14 years, and he understands how the military has impacted his life. During his years in the military, Blosser has visited many foreign countries, deployed to two conflicts, and carried out humanitarian aid and state disaster assignments.
Every time Blosser was promoted to a higher rank in the military, he received additional training. He believes that his training made him more effective in understanding and resolving problems, and that it has helped him communicate clearly with superiors, fellow employees, and customers.
Blosser recommends taking advantage of every learning opportunity available. “Get as much civilian education as you can,” he said. “It is paramount for advancement and career sustainment. Partake in military education to maintain technical proficiencies; stay up on government policies, updates, and changes.”
One of the many reasons Blosser enjoys working for Dayton Freight is the support he receives regarding his National Guard duty. “The unwavering support from Dayton Freight for my family and me during any leave was greatly appreciated,” he said. “Sometimes I was unable to give an advanced notice, and there were no repercussions from Dayton Freight. No matter how far I traveled, Dayton Freight always kept in touch.”
Blosser’s advice to servicemembers thinking about leaving the military for civilian employment: “Take your time and ensure you find a career that you will enjoy. Uphold the values that you’ve learned from the military, and use them in everyday life. Be professional – the cream always rises to the top.”
Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight Lines is a privately owned less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. With 44 Service Centers in the Midwest, Dayton Freight offers shippers one- or two-day service to thousands of points throughout an 11-state area. And via a network of strategic partners, the company can serve all of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guam.