Soldiers from Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Reedsburg, Wausau and Whitewaters are competing in the first ever National Sapper Stakes competition hosted in the Army Reserve at Fort McCoy. Sapper Stakes is a competition designed to test the skills of a combat engineer. These Soldiers participated as members of a team. The top three teams in the Army Reserve will be selected based on their overall scores and announced on Thursday. This competition was hosted by the 416th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Darien, Ill., and the 412th TEC, headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., which are responsible for all of the engineer Soldiers in the Army Reserve. They have a combined responsibility of 26,000 Soldiers of various job specialties across the continental U.S. A total of 15 teams competed, six members each, representing six brigades. The participating Soldiers are assigned to mobility augmentation companies, route clearance companies, area clearance platoons and engineer battalion headquarters. Sapper Stakes focuses on team cohesion while testing mental and physical stamina of each team member, as well as their tactical and technical skills. The future goal of Sapper Stakes is to include National Guard, Active Duty and international sapper teams. Throughout this competition, ending Thursday, Soldiers have been tested in the area of physical fitness, ruck marching, knot tying, demolition, hasty road cratering, in-stride breaching, improvised explosive investigation, reconnaissance, weapon assembly, casualty evacuation and other Army warrior skills.


Contributed by 416th Theater Engineer Command Public Affairs