The Ben Jackson Foundation awarded two Travel Award commitments this past Saturday. Sean Mattmann and Marcus Steindl will be leaving soon for Marine Corps basic training.

Sean Mattmann was awarded his Travel Award commitment at Winter-Fest Veteran’s Festival and Reunion. This event has been held annually in New Glarus for the past 33 years.

Jen and Larry Jackson present Sean Mattman his Travel Award Commitment

A 2018 graduate of New Glarus High School, Mattmann enlisted in the United States Marine Corps this past October. “Joining the Marines had been on my mind since my senior year and I finally made a decision to pursue it. I’m doing it because I realized USA is not free without a military protecting it,” he said.

Mattmann will be departing for basic training at the beginning of March and will head to Camp Pendleton. Camp Pendleton, in Southern California is one of two Marine Corps Recruit Depots. After basic training, he will continue his training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.  There he will enter the training program to become a Marine Military Police Officer. Military Police are law enforcement officers with jurisdiction on and immediately around a military installation, They are responsible for the security, safety, and daily admission onto the base.

Jennifer Jackson, Bethany, Tristan, Marcus and Jeremy Steindl, Larry Jackson

Marcus Steindl is a member of the Oregon High School Class of 2019, but graduated from high school a semester early. He leaves for Marine Corps basic training on January 28, also to Camp Pendleton. Following graduation, he will enter training in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) within the military Intelligence Occupational Field. This field covers a variety of jobs that are responsible for gathering, processing and disseminating sensitive information.

Steindl received his Travel Award commitment at his high school graduation party at his home in Oregon.

Good luck Sean and Marcus!