Marines go green with festival promoting fun, engineer bonding Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Story and photos by Stephen Standifird
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In honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of engineers, the Fort Leonard Wood Marine Corps Detachment Engineer Equipment Instruction Company met on the field of battle for a little friendly competition.
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Marine Pfc. Hannah Schmidt, Basic Engineer Equipment Repairer Course student, drives a nail into a log as part of the nail driver event during the Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, Engineer Equipment Instruction Company’s annual Engineer Field Meet March 17. The annual field meet is an opportunity for Marine engineers to get together to celebrate being Marines and engineers. In the end, the Engineer Equipment Operator Noncommissioned Officer team won the engineer castle trophy.

The Engineer Equipment Instruction Company’s annual Engineer Field Meet is all about getting together to celebrate being Marines and engineers, said Marine  Maj. Juan Svenningsen, EEIC commander.

“It’s all about camaraderie, and about getting together to share an afternoon and build unit cohesion,” he said. “This is a day where engineers all across the Marine Corps share the field and compete to determine a champion in the unit.”

Serenated with military and patriotic bagpipe music, the Marines attending both basic and advanced engineer courses, competed in events designed to not only challenge them physically, but to resemble basic engineer tasks as well, said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Donald Snyder, EEIC company gunny.

“Engineer day is important to us, because it’s when we celebrate being an engineer,” he said. “We are really unique here at the schoolhouse, because we have all levels here.”
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Marine Lance Cpl. Micah Schnayerson, basic technical engineering student, participates in the log toss.

Competing against one another were the instructors and students from the Basic  Technical Engineering, Basic Engineer Equipment Operator, Basic Engineer Equipment Repairer, Engineer Equipment Operator Noncommissioned Officer, Engineer Equipment Mechanic Noncommissioned Officer and Engineer Equipment Chief courses.

Marines competed in the tire flip, “dizzy izzy” and nail-driver races, log and Blarney Stone toss, Blarney Stone painting, back hoe pull and a tug-of-war tournament.

Marine Lance Cpl. Micah Schnayerson, basic technical engineering student, said it was a good day of competition.

“I was pretty excited,” he said. “Since we are techs, we are not known to be the most  physically fit, but I tried to get my guys motivated.”

The engineer equipment operator noncommissioned officer and engineer equipment chief teams dominated, finishing first in every event. In the end, it was the NCOs who came out on top.
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The tug of war between the chiefs and NCO operators determined the champion.

Not only was it a show of force by the NCOs, but an example to the basic students that just because they are Marines, it doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, said Marine Cpl. Akila Casey, Engineer Equipment Operator Noncommissioned Officer Course student.

“Doing this in a mass company of engineers is a lot of fun,” she said. “Just because you progress in rank, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.  No matter where you came from, if you are fresh from boot camp, been in 10 years, came from Okinawa or the East Coast, you are an engineer, and we all come together for that reason.”

Snyder agreed.

“The goal is to let them know they are part of something more than just the Marine Corps, they are part of the engineer community,” he said.
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