DEARBORN - Teamwork is a crucial element of successful partnerships, something the U.S. Army knows better than most. Which is one reason Army representatives traveled to Dearborn March 16 – to say thank you to two important partners, Ford Export & Growth (E&G) and Global Fleet Sales, an authorized global distributor of Ford products to the Aid and Development market worldwide. GFS modifies and services Ford vehicles used in humanitarian aid, relief work, development projects and police services around the world, including vehicles used by the Afghan National Army, most notably the Ford Ranger.
In his welcoming remarks, E&G Director Hal Feder noted Ford’s historical efforts to Go Further on behalf of its customers and how that philosophy is also embodied by GFS. “It’s about people serving people, as when Henry Ford worked to improve people’s lives and make cars affordable to the masses. We’re proud to support the efforts of GFS to support the military.”
Feder said by the end of this year’s current contract, GFS will have provided approximately 40,000 Ford Rangers to support the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. So far, more than 30,000 of the trucks have been modified and delivered.
Army Program Executive Officer Kevin Fahey said he can’t emphasize enough how important the program is to the effort to supply the Afghan army and police. A plaque presented at Ford World Headquarters thanks and recognizes GFS for “outstanding performance and personal and professional commitment to excellence in the manufacture of the Ford Ranger Light Tactical Vehicle.”
“We don’t often take time to thank people,” Fahey said. “The people who work on this program are heroes, and I cannot emphasize enough how important this work is.”
GFS President Kevin Whitcraft expressed his appreciation to Ford for giving GFS the opportunity to sell fleet vehicles, adding how well the Ranger performs and how much drivers like it. GFS modifies and sells Ford vehicles in more than 80 countries around the world.
Feder presented GFS and the Army with a glass reproduction of a 1925 Ford advertisement that ran in the Saturday Evening Post that read “Opening the Highways to all Mankind.”
Global Fleet Sales provides Aid and Development customers with a wide variety of Ford trucks, pickups, SUVs and Light Commercial Vehicles as Ford continues to expand its fleet operations into some of the most remote corners of the world. A growing number of humanitarian organizations, as well as the United Nations, are beginning to rely on Ford vehicles.