By Ms. Dawn M Arden (Leonard Wood)April 14, 2016
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The U.S. Army Engineer School will host its 2016 Regimental Week Monday through April 22.
"It is critical that engineers gather for Regimental Week, as this is the one week each year that all Army engineers fthroughout the regiment gather at Fort Leonard Wood and discuss the future of the engineers," said Col. Kenneth Jennings, U.S. Army Engineer School deputy assistant commandant, Army Reserve.
With this year's overall theme being "Preparing the Engineer Regiment for Force 2025 and Beyond," the Sappers have scheduled many events throughout the week to celebrate and remember those who have fallen.
A total of 50, two-man teams competing in the 10th annual Best Sapper Competition will begin arriving and in-processing Sunday with the competition kicking off Tuesday.
"50 teams, 50 miles, 50 hours," is the moto for this year's three-day competition where competitors will be challenged with events covering various engineer skills to include a 15- to 20-mile ruck march, the X-mile run, non-standard physical fitness test, Sapper Stakes and land navigation.
The Army Engineer Association will again be sponsoring industry exhibits Tuesday and Wednesday at Nutter Field House, showcasing some of the latest technology in engineering.
An "Engineer Spouses: Strength of the Castle!" event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Training Area 97. During this event, engineer spouses will get to participate in activities such as thermal breaching, confidence course, paintball, mine detection and rappelling.
Brig. Gen. James Raymer, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, is scheduled to address the Regiment from 11 a.m. to noon April 21 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium and a Senior Engineer Leader Council will be meeting, April 21 and 22.
The lives and service of fallen Engineers will be memorialized with the Fallen Sapper Memorial Ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m., April 21, at the World War II Memorial Chapel.
The memorial will include words from leaders across the Regiment, a rendering of honors and a wreath-laying ceremony in Sapper Memorial Grove.
April 22 will begin with the Regimental Run from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., followed by guest speaker Maj. Lisa Jaster, one of the first female graduates from Ranger School, from 1 to 2 p.m. and the Chief of Engineers Address by Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, chief of engineers, from 2 to 3 p.m., both in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
The week will conclude with a tree dedication at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Complex from 3 to 3:30 p.m., followed by the Regimental Ball and award ceremony at 6 p.m. in Nutter Field House.