More than 120 soon-to-be combat engineer Soldiers met with Engineer Advanced Leader Course noncommissioned officers on Fort Leonard Wood during a small-group-leader engagement Feb. 2.

Active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers have the opportunity to meet with the ALC students during their regular tour of the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex conducted at the end of each One Station Unit Training cycle.

Company D, 35th Engineer Battalion, the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officers Academy and the Engineer ALC facilitated the small-group-leader discussions.

The question-and-answer discussion lasted nearly an hour with the newest Soldiers gaining more insight as to what will be expected of them in the future, said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Williams, ALC class leader.

"This was a mutually beneficial experience for our students, as well as the trainees," he said. "Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it."

The goal was for the NCOs to impart knowledge and answer any questions the Soldiers had about their first duty stations. The Soldiers discussed everything from expectations, as a member of a squad, to the type of unit they would be assigned.

"Though not a part of the normal OSUT training model, this event is definitely something we will continue to do in the future," said Capt. Logan Phillips, Company D commander.

(Editor's note: Briseno is Co. D, 35th Engr. Bn., executive officer.)