Andover. Maj. Timothy Smith, Andover native, competed in the 14th Best Sapper Competition, the U.S. Army’s premiere combat engineering competition. The competition began in 2005 as a way for service members to show off their skills. The three-day competition is open to Soldiers and Marines, SPC and above, serving in the 12-series career field. At least one competitor on each team must have a Sapper tab. Organized into two-person teams, the competition’s concept is to not only determine the next “Best Sapper” team, but to challenge and test the servicemembers’ knowledge, physical prowess and mental fortitude. The competition showcases the Army’s elite Soldiers in combat engineering military occupation specialties.