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Sappers at Fort Carson prepare to compete for bragging rights

Posted at 9:20 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:20:59-05

FORT CARSON – Engineers at Ft. Carson are competing to see which team will represent the mountain post in an Army wide contest to see who’s best.

Sappers, as they are called, are Rangers of the Engineering Corps whose unique skills can change the face of battle.

That’s why there are ten teams comprised of two soldiers each being tested physically and mentally over a 36-hour period for bragging rights and the opportunity to compete later in April.

The two best teams will head to the Army-wide competition in April.

In a stress shooting test, we asked a soldier – what’s the biggest challenge?

“Probably just keeping your mental toughness all the way through, just knowing you can quit anytime, but making sure you’re working hard. You don’t want to quit you know?,” explained Sgt. Dylan Ledbetter.

At one point the competitors work on no or little sleep, maneuver forty mile over the course of the competition, and have to complete complex technical tasks.

Fort Carson has never won the Army-wide competition. We wish them good luck!