By Capt. Cortland Henderson Special to GUIDON The Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers Best Sapper Competition is set to kick off March 30, and it has a strong 14-year history behind it. The competition’s first year, 2005, marked a significant moment in engineer history. At the time, the Sapper tab had just been authorized for wear thanks to the efforts of Flowers, who served as the 50th Chief of … [Read more...] about Best Sapper: Then & now
Part four of a four-part series After several weeks of strict professional military training, Pfc. Katelyn Castro and Pvt. Rhys Bullington completed their transformation from civilian to Soldier. On Jan. 16, the two Soldiers endured a grueling final trial of Basic Combat Training called the Night Infiltration Course — a 200-meter low crawl beneath barbed wire performed under heavy machine gun … [Read more...] about Becoming a Soldier: Two Southwest Missouri trainees complete transformation from civilian to Soldier
The holidays are over, which means two things for Pfc. Katelyn Castro and Pvt. Rhys Bullington: it’s time to put on the uniform again, and graduation is right around the corner. The two trainees returned to Fort Leonard Wood after spending two weeks with family at home. It was the first time they had been reunited with loved ones since arriving for training Oct. 28. “I was actually kind of … [Read more...] about Becoming a Soldier: Trainees return to Fort Leonard Wood after holidays
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us. We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What does being an engineer mean to you?
The Army Combat Fitness Test isn’t scheduled to become the new fitness test of record until October of 2020, but Fort Leonard Wood’s 1st Engineer Brigade is already prepping for the change by ensuring their drill sergeants and unit leaders receive ACFT certification training. On March 28 and 29, certified instructors within the brigade held the second iteration of the level I and II … [Read more...] about Engineers bring ACFT certification to installation
By Marti Yoshida Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Engineer School and 1st Engineer Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood honored the leader who advanced recognition for Sappers during a dedication ceremony held Monday in the Engineer Regimental Room. The 50th Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers, retired, was presented with an honorary Sapper award, and participated in the unveiling … [Read more...] about Competition officially named