Public Affairs Office

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 4, 2022) Fort Leonard Wood’s 16th Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition is slated to officially begin with an opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Waynesville City Park located in Waynesville, Mo.

The action will begin immediately after the opening ceremony as competitors compete in events taking place in the park.

Media wishing to cover this event, or part of it, should contact the Public Affairs Office at 573.563.5038 by 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

Throughout the annual three-day competition, 50 two-person teams compete in a variety of events, which, in years past, included a non-standard physical fitness test, land navigation, a ruck march, sapper skills showcase, and mystery events designed to test the teams to their mental and physical limits.

More information on the Best Sapper Competition, as well as the Sapper Leader Course, can be found at For the most current updates on the competition, follow the Best Sapper Competition on Facebook at

The opening ceremony, some events and the awards ceremony are scheduled to be livestreamed on

Competitors helocast into the lake at Training Area 250 on Fort Leonard Wood during the 2022 Best Sapper Competition. (U.S. Army Photo)











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.

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