FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 20, 2024) – The 17th Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition runs through April 22, and showcases many of the capabilities of the Army’s combat engineers.

One hundred Soldiers, in 50 teams of two, are currently completing a series of tasks, including special steel cutting, mountaineering, a wire obstacle breach, marksmanship, timber cutting techniques, bridge reconnaissance, utilizing handheld mine detectors and a Bangalore breach.

On day one of the competition, held April 19, U.S. Army Soldiers boarded UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and flew into Roubidoux Park, located in Waynesville, Mo., for the opening ceremony where the competitors participated in a nonstandard physical fitness test event.

To see B-roll footage of the event, visit

To see more footage and images of the competition, visit the 2024 Best Sapper Competition feature page located at, or visit Fort Leonard Wood’s Flickr page at 2024 Best Sapper Competition | Flickr.

To meet the teams, visit 2024 Best Sapper Competition Teams | Flickr.

U.S. Army Soldiers land in Roubidoux Park April 19 before competing in a nonstandard physical fitness test as they vie for the title of Best Sapper during the 2024 Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition.









About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post 80 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains nearly 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.