In a joint effort to provide real economic opportunities to Army Reservists, the U.S. Army Reserve, Private Public Partnership Office (P3), and FASTPORT signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that delineates a strategic partnership created to explore, promote, and improve military hiring initiatives in the trucking industry.
The signing ceremony took place at Fort Sheridan, IL Army Reserve Hiring Fair where over 20 trucking companies joined to connect Reservists with meaningful employment. Because military service members have unique skill sets that equip them for successful careers in trucking, carriers have united on truckingtrack.org to inspire and hire these talented men and women into the industry.
Hiring America, the first television program dedicated to helping employ transitioning Veterans and their families, filmed the signing ceremony and the hiring fair. During that time, they interviewed leading employers of Veterans J.B. Hunt and TMC Transportation. You can see the aired program below:
“It is amazing to see our industry work in lockstep to hire and improve the next generation of great American professional truck drivers,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “I believe our collaboration in tandem with this MOA will invigorate others in the trucking industry to help lead a mutually beneficial mission: to post jobs in one place where the military community has easy access so the industry can attain and retain the nation’s best and brightest.”
That mission is gaining steam. In just one year, the trucking industry has assembled on the Trucking Track to provide career opportunities for service members, Veterans, and military spouses. This joint MOA demonstrates the far-reaching impact that collaboration has made in the military community where the industry is seen as “first responders” in Veteran and Reservist employment. Army Reserve Soldiers are well trained in a variety of skill sets that are critical to maintaining the strength of the U.S. Army. Those skills also make them integral members of the civilian workforce, particularly in trucking industry professions.
“The Private Public Partnership program, launched last year, helps our Soldiers find jobs, or advance their careers,” said Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley, Chief of Army Reserve. “Discovering how hiring these highly motivated doers and thinkers can improve [the private sector’s] bottom line and [support] the Army and the Nation by improving the operational readiness of our forces.”
“As a former Reservist for 6 years myself, I know how important it is to work for an employer that has a high regard for our Armed Forces, and especially one that supports and empowers our Reservists as they fulfill their military duties,” said Bill McLennan, FASTPORT CEO. “It is a proud day for me on a personal and professional level to sign this partnership with the Army Reserve through the P3 Office. Together, we are going to help employ thousands of citizen Soldiers as we educate Reservists about the great career opportunities with great employers in the trucking industry.”
Importantly, signing the MOA inspired another milestone event for the trucking industry that will take place on Friday, December 11th at 10:00am. At that time, trucking company representatives from around the country will join FASTPORT as we together sign a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Office of the Department of Defense (DOD) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.