We’re Looking for a Few Good Fellows

The SAME Academy of Fellows is a body of SAME members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to SAME, to military engineering, to engineering and related professions in general, and to their community. Being accepted into the College of Fellows is a great distinction. Somewhat less than 3% of the total SAME membership has been awarded this honor. However, for members who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership (which includes leadership by example), being accepted into the Academy of Fellows is not an unachievable goal, and the Society is sincere in its desire to ensure that deserving members are granted this recognition. The selection process is not a competition.

SAME fellows investitureNominees must be shown to meet criteria related to the following:

  1. Tenure (10 years active membership)
  2. Society Leadership Positions (These positions can be at the Post or Regional level, not necessarily National.)
  3. Outstanding Service to SAME
  4. Career Leadership Positions
  5. Outstanding Service to the Profession (In addition to engineers, architects, lawyers, planners, HR and other professionals have been accepted into the Academy.)
  6. Awards and Honors (Again, not only engineering awards are recognized.)

Although all criteria are important, each candidate’s credentials are reviewed in their totality, so that special strengths in one or two areas can enhance the overall attractiveness of the nomination. In the past, the Baltimore Post has successfully submitted numerous nominations. As a result, our Post is well represented in the Academy.

The nomination process is tied to the calendar year, and nomination packages are due 1 September. However, it is never too early to start assembling the required information and documentation. Although the nomination is submitted through the Post, each successful nominee has almost always played a central role in organizing and compiling his or her own nomination package, since individual nominees are most knowledgeable of their own careers and accomplishments and have the best access to their own career-related records.

Additional information on the Academy of Fellows and the nomination process is available on the SAME website.

Or just go to the SAME home page and select “About SAME” and then “Academy of Fellows”.

Interested? Have questions?

Please feel free to contact Gary Anderson, PhD, AIA, AICP, FSAME, the Baltimore Post SAME Fellows Chair: anderson.plan@gmail.com

Or one of these knowledgeable volunteer advisor Fellows:

Mary Anderson, FSAME – manderson@schnabel-eng.com

Judy Hackett, FSAME – judith.hackett@westonsolutions.com

Greg Johnson, FSAME – gregory.e.johnson@usace.army.mil

Bob Lindner, FSAME – robert.lindner@westonsolutions.com

Jay Manik, CAPT, USCG (ret), FSAME – manikjg@cdmsmith.com

Regan McDonald, LTC (ret), FSAME – regan.mcdonald@atkinsglobal.com

What You Should Know About the Military Diet

Ever heard of the latest diet craze called the “military diet?” This diet has been gaining a lot of attention amongst those who like to lose weight fast. It is believed that this type of diet can aid you in shedding off up to 10 pounds per week. Plus, you will not feel deprived at all since you can still have your ice cream dessert right after. And what’s great about it is you will only do it for three days straight.

Eating like soldiers will get you in shapeCool, isn’t it?

So how does this diet work?

First off, this kind of diet has no relation whatsoever with military training or in the military as a whole. It is a combination of chemically compatible low-calorie food which is put together to help jump-start your weight loss. There is a strict diet plan for three straight days that you have to follow. The last four days of the week will be your days off from the diet. BUT, you still have to watch and be mindful of your calorie intakes in those four days.

The first day of the meal plan, the total calories you will consume with all the food listed in the program is 1400 calories. On the second day, it will be 1200 calories. The third day will be 1100 calories. What most weight watchers love about this diet is the fact that you can have a portion of vanilla ice cream in those three-days strict diet plan. To have a peace of mind on the threat of nutrient deficiency, you can purchase packs of custom vitamins to get you through the dietician-approved nutritional requirements.

Here’s the meal plan for this military diet that is probably easy to follow:

First Day

Breakfast – toasted bread (1 slice), peanut butter (2 tablespoons), black coffee or tea and half a slice of grapefruit
Lunch: toasted bread (1 slice) paired with tuna (1/2 cup) and your choice of black coffee or tea
Dinner: A small portion of meat (about three oz.), green beans (1 cup), a small apple, half banana, and ice cream vanilla flavor (1 cup)

Second Day

Breakfast – a slice of toast, boiled or fried egg, and half banana
Lunch: cottage cheese (1 cup), saltine crackers (5 pcs), and hard-boiled egg
Dinner: two hotdogs, a cup of broccoli, half banana, ice cream vanilla flavor (1/2 cup)

Third Day

Breakfast: saltine crackers (5 pcS), small apple (1 pc), and one slice of cheddar cheese
Lunch: one slice of toasted bread and one boiled or fried egg
Dinner: half banana, half a cup of tuna, and vanilla ice cream (1 cup)

Banana is rich in potassiumAfter the three-day strict diet, you can eat your usual meals on the four days that you are on a break from the diet plan. However, make sure that you are consuming just within the 1200 to 1500 calories per month.

Skin Care Tips for Military Women

Military women often have to go through months, sometimes years, being stationed under challenging zones, places that are usually extremely hot, humid, or cold. There are so many physical, mental, and emotional challenges that military men and women face, as they are tasked to serve the country while being away from their families.

Skin care may be the last thing on military women’s minds, but they often regret the costs when they get to their 40s. They get sunspots, age spots, wrinkles, and dry skin faster than other people within their age group. Worse, they are also at a higher cancer risk. It can be because of the long exposures to the sun and other challenging weather forces.

Many military women say they often don’t have the time to do skincare routines especially when they are on duty. But beauty routines don’t have to take even 30 minutes of your time when you are using Peach & Lily Korean skin care products. Your skin will thank you when you grow old. And this little sacrifice in time will allow you to protect yourself from skin-related diseases that can be easily avoided with the use of some products.

Given that military women like you are time-starved on and off-duty, here are some top tips for you to protect and take care of your skin that won’t get much of your time. Promise, this recommended routine will only take you less than 30 minutes:

1. Use a neutral cleansing wash

Before putting on anything on your face, start off with washing it with a neutral cleanser. It allows you to help balance your skin’s pH level, which should be at around 5.5 to 7. Choose products with “charcoal” or “aloe” in its ingredients list, and always side with cleansers that have “water” as its first ingredient. The best cleansers are hydrating, and having “water” as its top ingredient is always a good sign.

Time spent: 3 minutes

2. Apply a moisturizer

Showing you how a military woman puts on makeup fastThere are so many moisturizers to choose from, and you only have to select two depending on the season: cream-based for autumn and winter, and gel-based for summer and spring. Apply a dab of moisturizer and rub on your face in a circular motion, starting from your T-zone and moving outwards towards the neck, your crown, and ears.

Time spent: 5 minutes

3. Apply sunscreen

Wait for the moisturizer to dry and then apply sunscreen to your face, neck, and other exposed areas like your arms. Sunscreen is so important for military women because you are outdoors most of the time, and you often must brave through any weather condition. Sunscreen does wonders for your skin protection, so don’t miss out on this step.

Time spent: 3 minutes

4. Use a long-lasting lip balm

Military women have to follow protocols with their clothing and style, so using a full-blown makeup while on duty is, of course, questionable. However, you must not forget to protect the lips because they dry up quickly in windy, humid, hot, and cold environments. Use a long-lasting lip balm to help your lips moisturize so you can avoid windburn, which is so much harder to treat.

Time spent: 1 minute

Total time spent: 12 minutes

As you can see, it only takes 12 minutes for this entire routine, and it is perfect for women who often have no time to do their beauty routines in the morning. Military women must never neglect skin care even when on duty. Your skin will thank you eventually.

Annual Programs Briefing 2017

Wednesday December 20, 2017
7:30AM – 2:00PM


7:30-8:30 Registration/Breakfast/Networking
8:30-12:30 Presentations
12:30-2:00 Lunch/Networking

Presentation of programs for FY18 for Federal Agencies

USACE Baltimore District
COL Chamberlayne
Environmental Program – Michael Rogers
Civil Program – Christopher Nolta
Military Program – Shelley Spayde
RSFO Program – James Simms

US Coast Guard
CAPT Bevins – New Cutter Homeport Integrator and Commanding Officer,
Asset Project Office

William Burris – Environmental Restoration Program Manager,
Installation Support Section JBLE, JBA, Dover AFB Air Force Civil Engineer Center

Jim Woolford – Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation

The Engineer’s Club of Baltimore
11 W. Mount Vernon Street Baltimore, MD

How Women Changed the Face of American Armed Forces

Women in the military is a controversial topic. During the American Revolution, women were used in a variety of military capacities, including supplying and maintaining camps, as well as the occasional combat activity as necessary. Much of the controversy in modern times, however, has to do with the role of women in combat, particularly, its impact on male soldiers. Today, many countries institute roles for women in the battle that proved to be beneficial for their militaries.

Women in the US ArmyWomen in Other Nations’ Militaries

Outside of the United States, women have been used in very prominent roles in a variety of major military campaigns. Notably, in battles like Stalingrad, women provided a significant source of combat power for the Soviet Union. According to Lt. Col. Chris Jefferies of the Air Force, women were highly beneficial to the Soviet army during World War II. Nearly eight percent of soldiers were female, helping the Red Army defeat Nazi-Germany.

Another example is the use of women by the Israeli Defense Force. Throughout its history, women proved important to the success and status of the Israeli military. This service, traditionally limited to non-combat roles, began to expand in 2007 to more frontline opportunities, giving the Israeli military even greater combat strength.

The Effects of Military Service on the Homefront

By allowing women to serve in the military, states Martha Ackmann, a Mount Holyoke College professor, you expand the roles of women in general society. Specifically, the fact that women were captured and killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom shows women are active in combat, which can transition home.  This parallel to the vision of the trusted SEO agency in New York City, led by Jason Berkowitz, who also believes that women in digital marketing and technology should be encouraged.

Studies identify that strong success domestically can be attributed to the success of individual military forces abroad. For example, the United States entered a period of significant development following World War II after soldiers succeeded at a professional level in Europe and the Pacific. Likewise, the American economy suffered heavily following the defeat in Vietnam.

Facts About Women in the Military

Women are just as equipped as men to attain officer level ranks within the military, giving the armed forces a larger pool to choose from when assigning officers. 15 percent of officers in all American military branches except for the Marines are female. According to the Women’s Research and Education Institute, women serving in the American military posses higher education levels than male soldiers. Only 21 percent of men have college experience, compared to 27 percent of women. By leveraging the potential of women in the military, the United States armed forces can generate a highly effective fighting force.

Baltimore Engineering Firms Participate in “Day with an Engineer”

As part of National Engineer’s Week, employees from 12 local engineering firms and public agencies participated in “Day with an Engineer,” a high school shadowing program organized by the Baltimore Post of the Society of American Military Engineers. These offices hosted 68 high school juniors and seniors from 19 high schools in the Baltimore area on Feb. 25. These students were interested in studying engineering in college but did not know which area of engineering on which to focus. The day was structured so that they had maximum exposure to as many engineering disciplines as possible.

Education OutreachThe U.S. Naval Academy and NAVFAC teamed up to offer seven students from Woodlawn High School a unique program. The students were given an inside look into the academic offerings of the Academy by LT Jon Angle and his colleagues in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. After this, the students were given instruction and a tour of the new health clinic project that is currently under construction from one of PWD Annapolis’ project managers, Tiffany Monaco, PE. This program allowed for the students to observe both the academic and practitioner’s perspective on the field of engineering – all in the beautiful setting of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani (WBCM) in Towson hosted five students from Towson, Pikesville, Dulaney and Loch Raven High Schools. The students were presented with the activities of WBCM’s various civil, structural, environmental, marine, industrial and transportation practice groups followed by a construction tour of the Intercollegiate Tennis Facility project that WBCM designed for Loyola University – Maryland.

At Parsons, two students observed the engineering work environment during Day with an Engineer by working a sample problem with Parsons Government Services (PGS) and Parsons Transportation Group (PTG) engineers that included both environmental and road & bridge design elements. The visiting students were also given the opportunity to spend time with their senior engineers to discuss basic skill sets for engineers and their work experience on engineering tasks performed on a wide variety of projects for government and private industrial clients.

Gannett Fleming hosted four students from Loch Raven and Pikesville High Schools, all of whom expect to study engineering in college. They spent the morning at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), first visiting the contractor’s trailer to view plans and then touring the active construction site of the new denitrification facilities. Next up was a plant tour with an operator with visits to the existing chlorination building and effluent channels, mechanical screen building, and sludge thickening facilities. Back at the office, they had a pizza lunch with approximately 20 engineers from multiple disciplines, which allowed the students to ask informal questions. In the afternoon the students met with engineers from 8 different disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, structural, civil, water/wastewater, geo-environmental, highway, and rail, for “one-on-one” sessions. The students were engaged and had a great time learning about the day to day activities of engineers.

All groups were treated to lunch courtesy of the hosting firms and provided with commemorative t-shirts courtesy of SAME. Afterward, the students said that they had a good time and learned a great deal about what real engineers do on a daily basis. Many of the students indicated that the program strengthened their desire to do what it takes to become engineers. Chad Fisher of Pikesville High said, “The lunch was great and the site visit was really cool. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in engineering”. Thanks to all the firms who participated in this year’s event: EA Engineering, Science and Technology, EBA, EBL Engineers, Gannett Fleming, JMT, NAVFAC, Parsons, Whiting-Turner, TAI, RMF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District, and WBCM.

Patriotic American Anthems

Over the centuries, the United States has seen the composition of several pieces of music that began with humble origins and matured into nationally recognized anthems. Now, as we honor the 4th of July holiday each year, it is interesting that military engineers examine these songs and the impact they have had on our society. Sung at both social and formal gatherings by citizens of every class and color, these songs fanned out across our young democracy and became part of our living history.

Patriotic songs can inspireThe Battle Hymn of the Republic

Although our official National Anthem is The Star Spangled Banner, several other songs have vied for this prestigious title over the years. One of the first, The Battle Hymn of The Republic began its life in 1862 when Julia Ward Howe penned the words to the tune in response to the need for an energetic marching song for use by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Her words were coupled with the music of a very popular military marching song called John Brown’s Body. Together the Battle Hymn became a rallying cry for the Union Army as well as for political interest groups dating all the way through to current times. If you become a professional singer, this song should be included in your repertoire.

My Country, Tis of Thee

The second oldest of all of our national anthem contenders, My Country, Tis of Thee is ironically based upon the British national anthem, God Save The Queen. Despite this fact, the song remained extremely popular throughout the 19th century.

America The Beautiful

Another contender for the honor of national anthem is America The Beautiful. Built upon the Francis Ward Smith hymn song titled Materna, America The Beautiful had a similar rise in prestige following its lyrical composition by scholar Katharine Lee Bates in 1893.

You’re A Grand Old Flag

Although never in contention for status as our national anthem, the George M. Cohan composition You’re A Grand Old Flag became a very popular part of early 1900’s American music and remains in use today. Written as a part of his Broadway musical production, “George Washington Jr.” in 1906, this well-known melody became the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music.

The Star Spangled Banner

Soldiers singing anthemsThe ultimate winner in the public opinion contest that determined our national anthem, the words to The Star Spangled Banner were written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as he observed a battle at Fort McHenry. Shortly after writing the words they were placed together with the music to a famous John Stafford Smith song, To Anacreon in Heaven.

Why Join the US Army

Being a member of the United States Army should be a qualification for life itself. Life is one big aptitude test anyway, so why not up until that score with a few years of Army brawn under your belt. Service to your country will bind you to this sacred ground, in a way, which you will never be able to duplicate.

It is only fair to say; I am writing this from my standpoint as a former military wife of eight years.

Our military years were an extraordinary period. I hold tight in my heart, those memories and I am a proud American who sees the US Army as an opportunity, not a gamble.

There was no doubt in my husband’s mind; enlisting in the US Army was exactly what he needed to do to find a jumping off point in life. We lived in a typical small town, which offered just about nothing, as far as a decent job going. The best bet around was to work your way up the ladder to foreman in a local wood shop. A prospect that held appeal for some guys, but not especially appealing for my husband, who wanted an education, but lacked the financial means.

It is probably not much different today in small towns across the country. The cost of education is through the ceiling. Unless you have a degree in some capacity, your chance for launching a successful career is slim. The more things change the more they stay the same. Easily, joining the military was the perfect option for my husband. It provided him a gateway to the future and an honorable manner in which he could give back to his country.

I realize, when my husband entered the Army, it was during peacetime. The year was 1974, I believe. Would he have enlisted if the US conflicted, as it is now? Of course, he would. The years he was in the military may have been peaceful on the outside, but he was busy learning about terrorism on the inside. Funny how preposterous I thought that term was back then.

Although he is a quiet man and somewhat reserved, his years in the Army provided him a renewed sense of himself. He inherited a complete understanding of spirit. He also learned what it means to honor yourself, your fellow soldiers and the country you call home. The education he received was truly second to that.

Our two beautiful daughters were born in military hospitals: One at Fort Hood, Texas and the other in Heidelberg, West Germany. We made lifelong friends and learned valuable lessons. There are boxes and boxes of fantastic memories from the military years. I cry every time I hear the National Anthem. Consider the US Army; I promise you will have no regrets.

Steps Required to Join the Military

Choosing to enlist in the military is an honorable way to serve one’s country. The military offers training in a variety of military career fields as well as a consistent paycheck with excellent benefits. To enlist in the military, specific steps must be followed.

A military marching bandChoose a Branch

First, choose the desired military branch. The military is composed of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard for full-time service. Part-time service can also be pursued through the National Guard or Reserves. Each branch of the military offers a different culture, military jobs and places to live. Speak to others who are serving in each branch to find out which department may be the right fit.

Talk to a Recruiter

The military recruiter can be a wealth of information about military jobs. The recruiter can discuss all of the military career paths that can be pursued. Also, recruiters can answer questions about benefits, pay and military life. Family members should also be involved in these conversations to feel more comfortable with the entire process.

The recruiter will also set a time to take the ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This is not a pass or fail the test. It simply indicates career choices that may be the best fit. Some specialty avenues will require individual scores to be pursued.

Choose a Military Career

After taking the ASVAB, talk to the recruiter about the fields that are of interest. Though the ASVAB scores may limit some military job opportunities, there are more than one hundred MOS or military occupational specialties available. When choosing a career, ask about the training process for the MOS as well as the civilian equivalent as this could help with job seeking after the military.

Visit MEPS

MEPS or the Military Entrance Processing Stations are located throughout the United States. At MEPS, a thorough physical will be administered to ensure that all potential enlistees are of excellent health. If previous health issues exist, waivers may be needed. The recruiter can provide more information if previous health issues are a concern. After the completion of the physical, the contract will be signed and swearing in will commence. The contract will state a date to report for basic training.

Prepare for Training

Basic training is an emotionally and physically trying experience. Before reporting for basic training, physical fitness training is recommended. Running, sit-ups and push-ups will be a part of daily life at basic training. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle before leaving, the physical part of training can be made more bearable. Request that family members lend support by writing letters which will be the primary form of communication during practice.

Serving in the military can be a demanding and challenging career that offers high rewards in the pride felt for serving one’s country. There is a wide variety of career options complete with training, as well as benefits, that can last well beyond the time spent serving in the military.

Day with an Engineer on February 21st

Sixty six high school students are participating and SAME Baltimore Post needs volunteers for members who can host junior or senior high school students on Wednesday, February 21st. In addition to completing our application to demonstrate interest in math and science, these students have been recommended by their teachers. Join us in fostering their education and help to grow the scientists and engineers of tomorrow! Below is the volunteer form you can download if you want to participate. Submission should be on or before January 31st.



Nutrition Tips for Bikers

Biking is a fun activity that’s why it is a popular sport all over the world. Even those who are not sporty in the first place end up enjoying biking because of it being a good and low-impact exercise. It is perfect not only for children but also for adults and seniors. It is an activity that you can enjoy not only with a group but also on your own.

Paratrooper with a foldable bikeIf you enjoy biking and you intend to train yourself to cycle on long distances, nutrition is also something to consider. Biking is more low impact than running, so you may be cycling for hours without having any feeling of tiredness. After your ride, you realize that you are dehydrated and low in sugar. It is not a good thing to get used to this because it is not healthy for anyone. The more you are active, the more you must be watchful of your food and liquid intake.

If you are traveling around a city like New York and you would like to explore the area with a bike, it is crucial for you to know nutrition tips that can help you nourish your body while you cycle and while you recover. Central Park bike tours can take up to three hours, so it is essential for you to be ready for the ride.

Here are nutrition tips that can help you recover faster from cycling:

1. Hydrate well

The importance of hydration before, during, and after cycling cannot be underestimated. Even with a cold weather and you don’t feel you are sweating, you still have to hydrate yourself regularly. It is crucial because, without the proper refueling of liquids, you end up depleting your water, potassium, and sodium levels, leading to dehydration.

As a general rule, it is best to drink liquids for every 30 minutes to 1 hour that you are exercising. If you are exercising for more than one hour, have an electrolyte drink with you. It is because, after one hour, sodium and potassium levels get depleted and so, you have to replace them with your drink.

Getting the right electrolyte drink after cycling2. Eat well before and after your ride

If you’ve picked up cycling because you want to lose weight, do not make this as an excuse to eat less. In fact, you should eat more when you are active. But take note, you cannot just eat anything. You must only have high-quality foods that will nourish your body well after your ride. Focus on having fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

For breakfast before your ride, fill up with a healthy combination of grains, proteins, vegetable, and fruit. A sample breakfast would be an omelet with mushroom and onions, whole wheat bread, and a piece of fruit.

Immediately after the ride, it is best to take an electrolyte drink to refuel your body from the ride. Up to an hour later, you can have your post-ride meal which should be high in complex carbohydrates. Baked potato, oatmeal with banana, and legume soup are some excellent options for your post-ride dinner.

Biking is fun, but you must not forget to hydrate and eat well when you’re doing your ride. Especially if you are doing a tour around the city where it is easy to get distracted with the sights, it is crucial to be watchful of your liquid intake as you ride, and the pre- and post-ride meals you will take. These will ensure a more enjoyable cycling activity for you.