|Operation Wheels of Freedom's program
Source: American Forces Press Service By Samantha L. Quigley WASHINGTON, July 20, 2007 -
Military children receive large-scale Hot Wheels toy cars during
an Operation Wheels of Freedom event to honor, entertain and
educate servicemembers. Mattel, one of the group's sponsors, has
provided thousands of the toys.
To complete its mission, Operation Wheels of Freedom brings high
performance American-made vehicles to the troops for a hands-on
look, he said. It also provides them the opportunity to develop
safer driving habits.
"Our primary program is having exciting driving events right on
military bases," Muyres said. "Servicemen and women practice safe,
competent driving skills ... and simultaneously (experience) one
of the most fun and satisfying experiences of their lives."
More than more than 3,000 servicemembers on four bases have heard
Operation Wheels of Freedom's message since its start in 2004.
Program officials hope to deliver their message to 20,000
servicemembers the next time they take their car show to military
installations, Muyres said.
Operation Wheels of Freedom also is available to family members.
"At each base we set aside one of the days as 'Family Day' and
give rides to the spouses and kids that are on base," Muyres said.
"One of our sponsors, Mattel, has also made available many
thousands of large Hot Wheels cars that we have given away to the
A video on the group's Web site shows Marines from different
installations navigating a driving course in several vehicles sure
to make even an environmentalist do a double take.
check out their website at: http:///www.operationwheelsoffreedom.com