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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Story by Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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 Next week the U.S. Army Engineer School will host the 2014 Regimental Week with the bulk of activities taking place beginning April 22.

 “The Regiment must review it’s mission and tasks yearly and look toward the future, so we are prepared for the next conflict wherever that may be in the world,” said Dave Chuber, U.S. Army Engineer School historian.

 This year’s theme will be, “The Army’s Regiment of Opportunities.”

 “We can never let our heritage and tradition fade away at any point, even during the downsizing of our Armed Forces and budget constraints. The Engineer Regiment was founded during the American Revolutionary War by Gen. George Washington which proudly makes our Corps of Engineers the oldest in Army’s history,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kendrick, Engineer  Regiment.

 About 75 companies are scheduled to be set up for the Army Engineer Association’s Industry Days vendor displays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 22 and 23 at Nutter Field House.

 The Senior Engineers Leadership Council will be happening during Engineer Regimental Week. The SELC is an event designed to facilitate open communication and gather consensus from leaders concerning the future of the regiment.

 The themes for this year’s SELC are: building professionals in the branch of opportunities; Soldier 2020 Implementation; materiel solutions; and Engineer 2025 analysis across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities.

 The commandant’s address will be from 9 to 10 a.m. April 24 in the Lincoln Hall Auditorium.

 Also planned for that day is an event for Family members, called the Engineer Spouse Amazing Race Event.

 Spouses will be participating in engineer-specific tasks across the installation. They will be visiting training areas for the Sapper, mappers and divers, just to name a few.  

 The evening of April 24, the Fallen Sapper Memorial will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sapper Grove.

 Kendrick said the memorial service will be one of the most important events of the week, because the regiment will be honoring and giving a final tribute to eight fallen Soldiers and two civilians.

 “They gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is not a pleasant event, but most praiseworthy as we never forget our civilians and our fallen comrades. The engineers will sadly give them their final memorial as they are placed on the Fallen Sapper Memorial wall,” he said.

 The chief of Engineers address will be from 11 a.m. to noon April 25 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium. The ball and awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m. in Nutter Field House.

 The Engineer Regiment’s command sergeant major enlisted as a combat engineer in 1985 and conducted his basic training and advanced initial training here on post. Kendrick said he is proud to celebrate the engineer’s history at the home of the regiment.

 “Not only am I a servant in our Army, but I’m a professional engineer at all times and as the Engineer’s Creed states, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skills to the advancement of human welfare, and what other place to celebrate than at the home of the Engineers since 1988,” Kendrick said.
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