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Burt is Ready for Basic Training


July 2, 2020

Photo courtesy of Larry Jackson

Robert Burt, a 2020 Monticello High School graduate, left for Army Basic Training on June 30th. He is the son of Bob and Kindra Burt and Deb Henry and Steve Haas.

The Ben Jackson Foundation is pleased to introduce Robert Burt. Burt is a recipient of a Travel Award and a 2020 graduate of Monticello High School.

Burt enlisted with a four-year active duty commitment to the Army. He left on June 30th for Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC. After Basic Training, Burt will travel to Texas for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to become a Combat Medic. When this training is complete, Burt plans to go on to Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA, where he will learn how to jump out of airplanes.

Growing up, Burt was always fascinated by the military. The Marine Corps was the branch he thought about, until he met with his recruiter for the Army. After talking with his recruiter, Thomas Werner, he realized that the Army was a better fit and offered him the career path that he wanted.

Burt became a Volunteer Cadet on the Monticello Fire Department two years ago. He has completed some of the certifications in fire safety and is now a full member of the fire department. When he completes his commitment to the Army, he plans on applying for a professional, full-time fire fighting position and completing his Fire Fighting degree.

Even though Burt is a little nervous, he is really excited for the experience he is about to have in the Army. He has spent the past eight months preparing by lifting weights and running. He is looking forward to doing something totally different.

Burt learned about the Ben Jackson Foundation from the Monticello Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Welch.

We thank you for your willingness to serve, and we wish you the best of luck!


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