In a ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base on April 1, Lieutenant Colonel André Schlappe took command of the 244th Engineer Battalion from outgoing commander, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Ferron. The 244th is an Army Reserve battalion headquartered in Denver, consisting of over 1,300 soldiers from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. The battalion has a distinguished lineage of decorated service in World War II, Iraq and Kuwait. Its capabilities include combat engineering, military construction and route clearance.
As a civilian, André is employed as a civil engineering manager with Martin/Martin in Lakewood. He is a 1991 graduate of Delta High School and the son of Russel and Ritta Schlappe of Orchard City.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.