AUSA Fort Leonard Wood Mid-Missouri Chapter is hosting a collaborated event to bring the Army outside the gates for an evening showcase event open to the public this Friday

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Fort Leonard Wood Mid-Missouri Chapter is hosting a collaborated event to bring the Army outside the gates for an evening showcase event open to the public this Friday. This special event is an opportunity for the public to engage and participate in hands-on experiences with service members. There will be military vehicles and other static displays for the community to see up close. The Waynesville High School JROTC Drill Team and Chorus will also perform during the event. “This will be a great opportunity for our community to connect with the Army and to showcase support of Fort Leonard Wood,” Command Sergeant Major, United States Army, Retired, AUSA Fifth Region President, Rick Morris, said. The 16th Annual Best Sapper Competition will be kicking off at 5 p.m. at Waynesville Park in conjunction, giving the public the opportunity to watch 50 teams of Soldiers complete a portion of their competition. Sappers from across the Army compete to identify the best the Engineer Regiment has to offer through multiple days of rigorous physical and technical tasks. AUSA invites the community to stay following the competition for a free meal and fellowship, allowing the opportunity for additional time to interact with Soldiers. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense.
The PT portion of the competition will be held in Roubidoux Park on Friday from 4:30 PM to 7 PM. The event will also serve partly as a “Meet the Sapper” event, with attendees being able to see Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters and learn the differences between the two. Waynesville Mayor Sean Wilson says he’s fired up for the event.

The PT portion of the competition will be the only part of the Best Sapper Competition to take part in Waynesville. The rest will take place on Fort Leonard Wood itself.