Patching ceremony marks new era of active, NG partnership

Story and photo by Cpl. Samantha Whitehead
Special to GUIDON

The Missouri National Guard’s 35th Engineer Brigade and the active duty 5th Engineer Battalion held a patching ceremony to symbolize the beginning of their partnership through the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot Program at Fort Leonard Wood on Monday.

The ceremony involved Soldiers assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion removing the 36th Engineer Brigade patch from their left shoulder and replacing it with the patch of the Missouri Guard’s 35th Engineers.

“Both of these units have served with distinction overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the Adjutant General of Missouri. “They are made up of a combination of combat veterans and fresh Soldiers who stand ready to make a difference in the world.”

The pilot program allows the two units to train together more closely on their shared missions, said Col. Anthony Adrian,…     Read More...