By Mrs Melissa K Buckley (Leonard Wood)February 29, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- National Engineers Week was commemorated across Fort Leonard Wood from Feb. 20 to 25.
"This is the home of engineers, it's where the Army's engineers come through several times in their career," said 1st Lt. Katrina Johns, 94th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. "Engineers do a little bit of everything. We are part of every phase of the process from battle to sustaining to rebuilding. Even during peacetime, we are contributing. Anywhere we go, we leave it better than when found it."
The purpose of the week is to celebrate those engineers in the professions of science, technology and math.
"National Engineers Week is the global effort in attracting and cultivating the next generation of engineers and celebrating the engineering profession," said Steve Tupper, University of Missouri liaison to Fort Leonard Wood. "The projected world population is 7 billion which leads to many challenges facing our world that require immediate engineering solutions. National Engineers Week delivers programs and resources used by partners locally, nationally and internationally to help the next generation of talent to meet and overcome these challenges."
Here in mid-Missouri, events were organized by the Fort Leonard Wood Society of American Military Engineers. Some of the festivities included a science fair in the local school systems, and Fort Leonard Wood engineers visited local schools to promote National Engineers Week and the profession of engineering.
At the Army Engineer Association Regimental Roundup at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex on Friday, the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 1st Engineer Brigade, and the U.S. Army Engineer School were represented with other members of the regiment from industry, veteran and academic ranks to spread camaraderie and education.
At the roundup Friday, Johns said she found being an engineer gratifying.
"I am proud to be a female engineer. In the engineer corps, it's not just a supportive role; we are actually a part of the mission. I have never felt like I was at a disadvantage because I am a female: I have experienced mutual respect throughout."
On Saturday, attendees at Engineer night, in the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, were invited to wear a college or high school sweatshirt of their choice. The theme of this year's event encouraged women to pursue careers in the engineering field. Activities included a scavenger hunt, distinguished speakers, videos, awards and door prizes.
Tupper said he is proud to be an engineer and enjoyed celebrating the profession during National Engineers Week.
"With so many worthy professional careers as options, it stands to reason that the vast good done by U.S. military personnel in engineering needs to be both examined and celebrated. We must demonstrate that society highly values people who contribute to the welfare of others through science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Tupper said. "The roads are smooth, the bandwidth is virtually unlimited, the food and water is safe, the rivers managed -- it is hard not to be proud of a profession that has delivered so much."
For more information on National Engineer Week, visit www.eweek.org, or for more information on the Army Engineer Association, visit www.armyengineer.com.