The school has become a complete and empty shell of what it once was. The Corps no longer teaches leadership, respect, discipline, accountability, integrity, or honor. It teaches bureaucracy, self-ent...itlement, micromanagement, and hypocrisy. I am truly embarrassed to have graduated from this school and even more embarrassed that I was stupid enough to come back to it after being deployed. The way this place treated the veterans from both the 2004 and 2010 deployments is nothing short of disgraceful. They have had the audacity to show boat in front of wealthy alumni, falsify statistics regarding our presence at the University, then turn a blind to every veteran related issue we try to bring to their attention, while at the same time, kicking all of us off campus and making an ongoing effort to isolate us from the rest of the Corps. It has gotten to the point where several veterans including myself have returned our class rings to the President and to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, however, neither of those two men seemed to care. It breaks my heart that this has what has become of the Norwich I knew and loved back when I was a rook.See More
The U.S. Army Engineer Museum presents a chronological history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Today, the oldest unit in the United States Army is the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard established in 1636. Although the history of American military engineering goes back more than three hundred and fifty years, the heritage of military engineering reaches back to the earliest beginnings of organized armies. On the battlefields of ancient Mesopotamia, India, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome, skilled Military Engineers laid the groundwork for the role of their modern descendants. During Europe's middle ages, the French coined the term "genie" to represent the Engineers. Over the years, "genie" evolved into the old English word "enginator" meaning one who operates the engines of war, such as siege towers, battering rams, catapults and the like. With the support of professional French Military Engineers, our young Army Corps of Engineers was created during America's War for Independence. Today, that French heritage is still seen within our Engineer Corps. The language of the Engineer - "abatis," "gabions," "fascines" and "pontons" -- has its roots in 18th century France. Even the motto of the American Engineers, "ESSAYONS," is French for "Let us try."