Kenworth, FASTPORT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative again are teaming to find America’s top rookie military veteran driver who made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.
Under the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program, Kenworth will provide the top award for the seventh consecutive year. For the first time, that award is a Kenworth T680 Next Generation. The T680 Next Gen is equipped with a 76-in., sleeper and the Paccar Powertrain featuring the Paccar MX-13 engine, Paccar TX-12 automated transmission, and Paccar DX-40 tandem rear axles.
“We urge fleets in America to nominate their best drivers who have served our country and encourage those transitioning from military service to consider the trucking industry as their future career,” says Genevieve Bekkerus, Kenworth director of marketing. “We look forward to presenting the Kenworth T680 Next Gen keys to a well-deserving veteran as America’s top rookie military veteran in our industry.”
“Each year, approximately 200,000 veterans transition out of the military and into the private sector. FASTPORT’s mission is to let those veterans know about the many rewarding opportunities available in the trucking industry,” says Brad Bentley, FASTPORT president. “The T680 Next Gen offers superior comfort, performance and fuel efficiency and provides a worthy award for this year’s ‘Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence’ program.”
“Hiring Our Heroes is proud to collaborate with industry leaders such as FASTPORT and Kenworth, as we work to support veterans in trucking and address the nationwide shortage of truck drivers by connecting our veterans and family members with high-demand, high-paying transportation careers,” adds Eric Eversole, U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president and Hiring Our Heroes president.