Kenworth Donates T680 76-inch Sleeper with PACCAR Powertrain to Recognize Top Rookie Veteran Serving as Commercial Truck Driver
June 11, 2020 – Kenworth, FASTPORT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes program are joining together for the fifth consecutive year to honor America’s top rookie military veteran driver, who has made the transition from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to driving for a commercial fleet. Under the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program, Kenworth will again provide the top award – a Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-inch sleeper and the PACCAR Powertrain featuring the PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles.
“FASTPORT’s mission is to educate and inform veterans about career opportunities in the nation’s trucking industry. An estimated 200,000 veterans make the transition from the military into the private sector each year,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT president. “The Kenworth T680 will serve as a worthy award for a well-deserving veteran in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program this year.”
Nominations must be provided by 11:59pm July 31, 2020, and companies are encouraged to nominate up to five drivers. The top driver will be determined by an expert selection committee along with a public vote. Full criteria and online nomination forms can be found on the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” website.
“We are appreciative of marketing partnerships with the American Trucking Associations, Women In Trucking Association, Radio Nemo, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Veterans In Trucking, National Association Of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, Sierra Delta and Tenstreet, which we hope will result in a record number of nominees this year, ” Bentley added.
Finalists will be recognized at the 2020 Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference. The ultimate award winner will drive away in his or her Kenworth T680 at the US Chamber of Commerce in December while the two runners-up will receive $10,000 checks.
For more information and to nominate, visit the award website transitiontrucking.org