Kickoff this afternoon to this year’s Best Sapper Competition

Roubidoux Park in Waynesville will be overflowing with people–young and old alike–to attend the kickoff this afternoon to this year’s Best Sapper Competition. This is the first time that the Lieutenant General Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition kickoff will be held off a military post. 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 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. The competition will be kicking off at 5 o’clock this afternoon. Waynesville city leaders are recommending that members of the public be in place by 4 o’clock in order to find a parking spot. The 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 physical training 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. 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.