This build will take place mid-December, so for now, I'd like to introduce the recipient of our very first build.
Project Dust-Off’s Build #1 recipient is United States Marine Sgt. Kyle Keefauver
Kyle was born and raised in Lancaster, CA for 19 years. In high school, Kyle was sucked into the off-road world by his best friend, hitting the back hills of Lancaster in a 70′s step-side Chevy and beat up Toyota pickups.
When Kyle graduated high school, he had no plans other than finding a way to work on trucks. College wasn’t really his thing, so after wasting a year on odd jobs and such, he went and visited the recruitment office.
Having grown up through the events of 9/11 and having the utmost respect for military members, Kyle always knew if he did join the military, it would be with the Marine Corps. Between having one of the most vicious reputations and recognizable uniforms, he felt there was no other choice.
Kyle shipped off to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego 3 weeks later on Nov 27th of 2007 and graduated as a Marine Feb 21st 2008. He continued on through combat training and Motor Transport Mechanic school until arriving at Camp Pendleton with the 9th Communications Batallion in July of 2008.
While at Camp Pendleton, Kyle spent his time as a mechanic working on HMMWV’s, 7 Tons and LVS’s. In March of 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months with Combat Logistics Regiment 15, where he provided mechanical support during convoy operations all across the southern province of Helmand.
After returning from deploynent, Kyle was given the opportunity to reenlist, which he gladly did. He then received orders to the famed 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (aptly nicknamed “The Magnificent Bastards”), where he was the acting Shop Chief in the Motor Transport Section. After a year, Kyle was pulled to recruiting school and ended up on the mean streets of Santa Barbara California where he serves as “Your local Marine Corps recruiter”.
“For two years, I have had the privilege of giving some of this country’s best and brightest the opportunity to carry on the legacy of the Marines that came before us and I plan on retiring in the Marine Corps.” -Sgt Kyle Keefauver