By Dawn M. Arden, Fort Leonard WoodApril 24, 2017
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Sappers, mappers, builders, divers and firefighters from around the Engineer Regiment will come together Monday on Fort Leonard Wood for Engineer Regimental Week 2017, which will last through April 28.
The week is scheduled to kick off with the Best Sapper Competition in which 50 two-man teams from across the regiment will compete for the title of 2017 Best Sapper in events that officials say will not disappoint.
"Spectators will have an opportunity to see the engineer regiment's finest combat engineers completing a wide range of mobility, counter mobility, and survivability tasks under physically strenuous and mentally challenging conditions," said Capt. Robert Zimmerman, sapper leader course chief of training.
Although spectators are welcome, events will only be released on a daily basis with maps of approved events and locations available every morning at 1st Engineer Brigade.
All are invited to attend the awards ceremony beginning at noon April 27 at Sapper Memorial Grove.
Beginning Monday and running through Wednesday, the Army Engineer Association is hosting the Industry Vendor Exhibit at Nutter Field House in which service members and civilians can find the latest trends, solutions, products, services and developments in the industry.
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Special events have also been planned for Tuesday, when engineer spouses are scheduled to experience a little of what their Soldier does as an Army engineer.
"The purpose of this event is to promote Family wellness, esprit de corps, and give the engineer spouses a better understanding of the daily occurrences within a trainee and drill sergeants' life," said Capt. Christopher Leslie, 35th Engineer Battalion operations officer.
A total of eight events are scheduled for the spouses, and include participation in Basic Tactical Training Course, Warrior Tower, a paintball shoot and manual breaching.
Senior leaders from across the regiment will meet later in the week for the Senior Engineer Leadership Council, during which plans for the future will be discussed. The theme of this year's council is "Ready Today, Capabilities Tomorrow." This is a closed event.
Engineers are encouraged to gather in Lincoln Hall Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m. April 27 for the Commandant's Address to the Regiment.
Those unable to attend will be able to view the event by logging in with their email common access card credentials to https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/SELC.
Also scheduled for April 27 is the Fallen Sapper Wreath Laying Ceremony, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Sapper Memorial Grove.
"[Each year] the engineer regiment celebrates the lives and service of fallen engineer Soldiers with the Fallen Sapper Memorial Ceremony," said Capt. Kimberly Crosby, 554th Engineer Battalion assistant operations officer.
Crosby adds the ceremony will include remarks from Brig. Gen. James Raymer, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant.
Several events are planned for April 28, starting with the Engineer Regimental Run, which is set to begin at 5:30 a.m. on Gammon Field.
Following the run, engineers will be invited back to Lincoln Hall Auditorium to hear guest speaker Col. Frederic Drummond Jr., FEMA Region V defense coordinating officer, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; celebrate the Counter Explosive Hazards Center anniversary from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; and hear the Chief of Engineers Address beginning at 6 p.m.
Those unable to attend will once again be able to view the events by logging in with their email CAC credentials to https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/SELC.
The week will culminate with the Regimental Ball April 28 at Nutter Field House.