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Top Four Finalists Named as Search Narrows For Top Rookie Military Veteran Truck Driver

‘Driving for Excellence’ Award Winner To Receive Kenworth T680

FASTPORT recently announced its top four finalists for “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence,” a program dedicated to finding America’s top rookie military veteran driver. The program recognizes top drivers who have made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.

The top four drivers, listed with their military branch of service and current truck fleet, are: Ivan Hernandez/U.S. Army/Werner Enterprises, Gail Losee/U.S. Army/Stevens Transport, Shaun Mason/United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army/Prime Inc., and Ray Miller/U.S. Army/Stevens Transport.

Ivan Hernandez

U.S. Army/Werner Enterprises

Gail Losee

U.S. Army/Stevens Transport

Shaun Mason

United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army/Prime Inc. 

Ray Miller

U.S. Army/Stevens Transport

For the fifth consecutive year, Kenworth has teamed with the FASTPORT Trucking Track Mentoring Program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program. Kenworth will provide The Driver’s Truck™ -- a Kenworth T680 -- as the program’s award to this year’s winner. The Kenworth T680 features the complete PACCAR Powertrain with a PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem axles, and includes a 76-inch sleeper equipped with the Kenworth Driver’s Studio package of premium elements for a luxurious, relaxing and comfortable living environment.

Kenworth T680

“It is important for the trucking industry to continue to offer veterans support and career opportunities. As Kenworth’s way of thanking our military veterans for their service, we are again offering a Kenworth T680 as the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award,” said Laura Bloch, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Congratulations to our four finalists – Ivan Hernandez, Gail Losee, Shaun Mason, and Ray Miller – and to the other successful drivers who achieved Top 10 status in this special recognition program.”

“This year’s four finalists had significant accomplishments in their military careers, and are making excellent achievements as professional truck drivers. We urge the trucking industry and organizations across the United States to reach out to our veterans and help them make a smooth transition back into civilian life. This is one way the trucking industry is doing its part,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT president.

Other truck drivers, who achieved the Top 10 are: Patrick Blevins/U.S. Air Force/Melton Truck Lines, Matthew Fowler/United States Marine Corps/EPES Transportation, Marcia Luchenbill/U.S. Army/Knight Transportation, John Shepard/U.S. Army/Roehl Transport, Kyle Smith/U.S. Air Force/Averitt Express, and Wade Wanner/U.S. Navy/US Xpress.

Drivers were nominated by trucking companies that have made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on, members of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, and Commercial Vehicle Training Association member schools.

The winner will be announced in December during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

For further information on the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” award program, please visit

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