On-Track Rivals Combine Forces for U.S. Military

Jun 01, 2009

Top Fuel drivers David Baca and Doug Kalitta represent rival freight companies on the NHRA tour, yet the two drivers recently got their sponsors to team up to the benefit of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Mach 1 Global Services and Kalitta Air, who support Baca and Kalitta, respectively, pulled off a trans-global delivery with some serious weight behind it when they moved more than two tons of requested weight lifting equipment to soldiers and Marines fighting to keep the peace in Tikrit, Iraq.

Just like at the races, it took a team effort to get the job done. Fortunately, the group had an experienced field general in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who, together with his wife Brenda, organized the donation through their annual America’s Team Ball Drive program, which is part of the couple’s First Things First Foundation.

The project, which took six months to complete, began with a huge contribution from Pure Fitness of Phoenix, which donated all of the weight lifting equipment destined for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Center in Tikrit.

Next, the folks at Packages from Home painstakingly wrapped each piece for the long journey to Iraq and crated the entire package along with some goodies for the brave men and women at the other end of the line.

Mach 1 Global Services took over from there, picking up the crates and shipping them via airplane to Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. At that juncture, the crates were transferred to a giant Kalitta Air Boeing 747 cargo aircraft bound for Baghdad via Bahrain. Once in Baghdad, a Sergeant Major from the U.S. Command arranged for the crates to be transported via helicopter to their ultimate destination.

“When we were contacted by First Things First we didn’t hesitate to help in supporting the troops overseas and Kurt’s foundation,” said Mach 1 Global Services CEO Jamie Entzminger. “After all, Mach 1 is in the business of shipping freight to destinations all over the globe. A big thanks go out to Doug and the team at Kalitta Air for jumping on board and teaming up with Mach 1 in support of such a great cause.”

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