Army Vet Rides With Pride

Steve Pollock
October 2023

BELLEVILLE, MI… Andre Crisler was one happy man the day his 2019 Volvo VN returned from receiving a wrap commemorating his military service.  Ascent, where Andre is leased, had his truck wrapped as a tribute to his service to our Country.  Andre's truck is on display at all of the truck shows that Ascent Expedite attends.

Andre was a Spec 4 in the U.S. Army, serving in the 112th Military Police Battalion.  His mission was to go on patrol and secure POWs.  Andre served from 1983 to 1995 and was deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm in 1990, where he helped to liberate Kuwait.  Andre also participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield.

Andre’s dad was a trucker for 40 years, and his older brother is still trucking, so trucking runs in the Crisler family.  Realizing that many factory workers would get laid off when times get tough, Andre decided to get into trucking in 1997.  He became an owner-operator in 2002.  Andre says he “bounced around” for a while before joining Ascent Expedite in 2014.  It seems as though he has found a home at Ascent and receives the respect he truly deserves as a Veteran. 

When asked to comment about the company, Andre said, “I love the way we work together.  I can take as much home time as I want. With no pressure, but when you are at home, you are not making any money.  However, I can get home quickly if I need to.  I am content and happy at Ascent, and I will be here until I retire.   I have worked for a lot of companies, and they are one of the best.  That is why I am still here.  I like talking with people at truck shows, especially other Veteran drivers."

Andre’s plans for the future? “I’m gonna be right here until I hang it up!”  Andre’s home is in Atlanta, Georgia and he pulls dry van throughout the Southeast, Midwest, and Texas.  The majority of the freight is high-revenue expedited freight originating from OEM manufacturers.

Ascent is a leading global provider of expedited, time-critical logistics solutions and other direct transportation services.  A 100% owner-operator company, Ascent welcomes owner-operators with tractor/trailers, straight trucks, or sprinter vans to grow their trucking business with them.  Solos can earn up to $325K annually and teams up to $500K.  Additionally, Ascent offers lease-to-own and rental programs and safety and retention bonuses.  Ascent handles over 490,000 shipments yearly from Fortune 500 companies in industries including automotive and manufacturing.  The freight is booked directly with no brokering and loaded to Ascent's proprietary digital PEAK freight marketplace.  The hauls are shorter, but the rates more than compensate for it.

Our sincere thanks to Andre Crisler and all Veterans for their service to our Country!