Fort Bragg joined forces with Johnston Community College Wednesday, in opening the first of six, eight-week commercial truck driving classes to Soldiers and their spouses.

During his speech at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds, Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, Fort Bragg Garrison commander characterized the new program as “nothing, but a win.”

“The proof is in the pudding,” said Sanborn. “When you talk to these guys and see how excited they are, it’s energizing.”

The commercial truck driver training courses will be taught at Fort Bragg by faculty from the Johnston Community College Truck Driver Training Division, and will  include classroom instruction in the Soldier Development Center and hands-on driving experience.

“It helps to fine-tune the skills that I already have driving (trucks),” said Spc. Jack Brown, Company B, Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group. “I plan on taking it to the civilian side and continuing to do what I do already.”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has partnered with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to provide the program at a reduced rate, thanks to a federal grant administered by the NCDMV.

Over the next year, the course will allow servicemembers, who are transitioning from active duty, and their spouses to become qualified commercial truck drivers. It will also provide them the opportunity to potentially qualify for jobs with member companies of the N.C. Trucking Association.

“Some of them (Soldiers and Family members) have had this career opportunity in mind for a long time and they just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Sanborn.