94th Engineer Battalion cases colors

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Mark Patton
Special to GUIDON

The wheelchair-bound former sergeant settled into the spot reserved for the distinguished guest as he watched his former battalion march onto Fort Leonard Wood’s Gammon Field one last time.

The bill of Sgt. Erik Schei’s Operation Iraqi Freedom cap couldn’t disguise his smile.

On Oct. 26, 2005, then Spc. Schei’s life changed forever as a Sniper’s armor-piercing bullet entered his skull above his left ear and exited above the right one while he was in the turret of a Humvee on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq.

Fast forward almost nine years later to Oct. 8.

Schei once again joined his beloved 94th Engineer Battalion for one more hooah as he witnessed the storied “Wolverines” case their colors during an inactivation ceremony.

Lt. Col. Samuel Volkman, commander of the 94th Eng. Bn.,…     Read More...