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West Visits Home for Thanksgiving

Visit made possible by the Ben Jackson Foundation


November 29, 2018

Photo courtesy of Larry Jackson

From left: Skylar West, US Navy, Tara Darnell and Larry Jackson.

Skylar West, an Aviation Electronics Technician currently serving in the US Navy, visited home over the Thanksgiving holiday.

West, a 2017 graduate of New Glarus High School, enlisted in the Navy last year and went through basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, and Aviation Electrician training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida. He is currently serving in the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) at NAS Lemoore in Lemoore, CA.

During his two week visit home, his first since arriving in California, West attended the Wisconsin-Minnesota football game at Camp Randall Stadium, visited friends in Platteville, enjoyed Thanksgiving with his family, and attended a boys basketball game at New Glarus.

"I have seen tons of friends and family since I have been home. It was great to see everybody again!" West said.

To help with travel expenses home, the Ben Jackson Foundation presented him with a check for $500. The check was given by Larry Jackson and Tara Darnell on November 18. West received a Travel Award commitment in June of this year.

The Ben Jackson Foundation was founded to recognize newly enlisted men and women from Wisconsin who made the commitment to serve in military and to make sure they can visit home from wherever they are in the world. For more information, please visit


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