Johnson Engineering president, Lonnie V. Howard, and his youngest son Gavin were able to be a part of giving a wounded veteran a unique experience he won’t soon forget, Frogging on Lake Okeechobee.

The two donated their time, local knowledge, and airboat for this year’s annual Operation Outdoor Freedom event in Glades County.
Operation Outdoor Freedom is a program through the Florida Forest Service, under the guidance of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, which offers honorably discharged military veterans who have a service-connected disability, free opportunities to hunt, fish, and explore state and agricultural lands throughout Florida.

At this year’s event, organized by Angela Colegrove, GCEM Director and Danny Callahan, FFS Senior Ranger, seven wounded veterans were able to participate in the two-night frog hunting event with the help of six volunteer airboat guides.

For more information on Operation Outdoor Freedom eligibility, visit