In late March, two Army officers will become the first-all female team to compete in a grueling competition to select the best sappers from the entire service.
Capt. Hilary Thomas and 1st Lt. Alyvia Orsini will make up one of the 50 teams scheduled to compete in the 14th Best Sapper Competition, which will be held March 30 through April 1 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
They are both engineers assigned to the 21st Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Spectators are invited to watch as sappers cover more than 50 miles in 50 hours in the rugged Ozark Mountains during the exhausting competition, all while carrying rucksacks that weigh more than 80 pounds.
Combat engineer who supports front-line infantry.
A large, rugged backpack used in a military application.
Ruck march is a long journey made on foot while carrying a heavy weight in a rucksack.