Several hundred Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina recently participated in the latest series of Fastport transportation forums for the trucking industry held at military bases throughout the United States.
The goal of these events is to assist military service members transitioning into civilian life with the job search and hiring process by connecting them with job opportunities at participating truck fleets.
As a part of this effort, the event featured a Kenworth T680 76-inch sleeper with a Paccar MX-13 engine donated by Kenworth to serve as the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition award. Kenworth has teamed with Fastport and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program to find America’s top rookie military veteran, who has made the transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.
Award nominations closed June 30. The Top 10 finalists will be announced on July 22 and will receive recognition at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August. To be eligible, drivers must have been either active military or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.
“It’s important for the trucking industry to provide encouragement, support, and career opportunities for our veterans when they transition out of the military. We donated the Kenworth T680 76-inch sleeper as a way to say thank you to all our military veterans for their service,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “We look forward to presenting this truck to the award winner later this year.”
“We enjoy co-hosting these events with selected military bases in the effort to help military service members make a successful transition into civilian life by providing employment opportunities focused specifically on the trucking industry,” said Brad Bentley, Fastport president. “They receive an excellent opportunity to meet with hiring personnel from participating fleets that are seeking to hire truck drivers, service technicians and other positions for their operations. Fastport fleet customers have hired more than 15,000 veterans into the trucking industry since June 2014.”
In addition to the Kenworth T680, the Fastport transportation forum and hiring fair featured NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver Richard Petty, who signed autographs and mingled with the Marines during the event.