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.



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:

Or one of these knowledgeable volunteer advisor Fellows:

Mary Anderson, FSAME –

Judy Hackett, FSAME –

Greg Johnson, FSAME –

Bob Lindner, FSAME –

Jay Manik, CAPT, USCG (ret), FSAME –

Regan McDonald, LTC (ret), FSAME –

February 2016 Newsletter

Dr Lever SpeakingOur February joint meeting with the Green Building Council focused on school construction. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Lever. There are over 880,000 students in 24 school systems in Maryland. They are spread out in 1,400 buildings with an average age of 28 years. Of those buildings, 52% pre-date 1990 and 36% were built in the 1960’s and ’70’s, so they are energy inefficient. Dr. Lever indicated that they are making strides in energy efficiency for schools; 20 have achieved LEED certification and two will be built net zero. The premium for LEED over standard construction is approximately 3-5%. There is much work to be done; one estimate puts the cost to fully modernize the entire fleet of schools at $20 billion. Baltimore City alone has a multi-billion dollar plan to build over 20 schools.

Post Participates in Charm Challenge 3!

On 18 November at the Baltimore Port Coast Guard Yard, LTC Mike Ruppert lead a combined team from SAME, USACE, and DOD participating in the Charm Challenge 3 hosted by the Federal Executive Board and Commander, USCG Yard Baltimore. This multi-faceted exercise include presentations by the Baltimore Police, FBI Baltimore Field Office, FEMA Region 3, and a scenario based table top exercise. The exercise helped participating organization understand local, federal, and regional resources available to individual agencies in planning, preparation, and execution of a threat based Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) response. An after action review and shared lessons learned were facilitated by FEMA personnel.

The day proved to be a great learning opportunity for all. The team and hosted discussions facilitated a review of organizational COOP plans and areas for improvement. SAME attendees included LTC Ruppert, Stacy Kahatapitiya, and Randy Westfall. Additionally, 5 USACE and 1 DOD personnel participated.Coast Guard Yard

YMs Run the Bay

Members ran across the Bay Bridge, Again!

LTC Ruppert, Denise Tegtmeyer and the running crewOn Nov. 8, a team of 20 runners representing the SAME Baltimore Post participated in the second annual 10K Across the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run was a 6.2-mi run starting near the base of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the western shore of the bay. The race took runners over the 4.35-mi bridge that towers nearly 200-ft above Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Post team was comprised of individuals from 12 member organizations and included first time race participants as well as seasoned runners.

Congratulations to all who participated in the race! Stay tuned for more SAME team races next fall.

January Inaugural Webinar

In January, we abandoned our usual dinner meeting in favor of a webinar focusing on energy issues. It was a great success with nearly 90 members participating! While the logistics were challenging, we will likely have another webinar in the future.

WebinarPresentations included military energy security (Army, Navy, and specific to Ft. Detrick), the state of the shale gas market, and Maryland’s largest construction project, the Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG terminal. The presentation slides can be downloaded from our website.

January 2015 Newsletter

DoD Environmental Initiatives About 120 attended the meeting and workshop held on January 21. Ms. Kristine Kingery, Director, Army Sustainability Policy, was our keynote speaker. She spoke about several emerging sustainability issues of interest to the Army:Ms. Kingery addressing the Post

  • The net zero pilot program which both Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground participate in;
  • Enhanced energy and water security;
  • Aggressive green procurement policies;
  • Net zero policy for contingency (e.g., forward operating) bases which will save lives; and
  • Going beyond net zero to include hazardous waste, training lands, alternative fuels, and climate change emissions.

Ms. Kingery spoke of a real-life example of applying sustainability principles involving a training exercise. The Army was practicing a large food drop with actual meals ready to eat (MREs). No one wanted to eat the food once it had been used in that manner and it would go to waste. The Army training leaders weighed the food and used an equivalent weight of other material for the exercise, saving the food.

Midshipmen enjoying dinnerWe also had students attend this meeting. Ten members of our student post at the Naval Academy attended the dinner along with three of our scholarship recipients.

Send Your High Schooler to SAME Summer Camp

Applications being accepted!

The Post offers two summer camp scholarships (reduced camp registration and travel costs) to high school rising juniors or seniors. Summer camp information and applications are available at the National website. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are offering one-week camps with high energy, hands-on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services.

Stipend Available for Fellows!

Attend the Investiture Luncheon

The SAME Fellows Luncheon is held annually, just prior to the Fellows Investiture, to welcome new Fellows into the Academy and to encourage networking among new and present Fellows. The luncheon is for Fellows only, which includes the Class of 2015.To encourage attendance by Baltimore Post Fellows, a stipend is available to help defer costs to attend the Luncheon and/or Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. Please contact Denise Tegtmeyer, FSAME, by Feb. 25 for details and to apply.

Also, please plan to join us in supporting our newest Baltimore Post Fellow, Matt Wallace, as he is invested into the Academy. The SAME Fellows Investiture will take place immediately preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner starting at 5PM. The Investiture is free and open to all SAME Members and Class of 2015 family and friends, and reservations are not required.

Scholarships Awarded!

Post awards 10 scholarships

Engineering scholarshipsThe Post’s, Education and Mentoring Committee awarded a total of 10 scholarships in 2014. Awardees included students from institutions within the footprint of the Post membership, including the University of Maryland, UMBC, Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Delaware. Consistent with our mission, the students majors included computer science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and bioengineering. We have received “thank you” messages and emails from the awardees including letters of appreciation from the institutions.

Assisting Homeless Veterans

Activities in support of The Baltimore Station

Meal for veteransThe Philanthropic Committee periodically sponsors dinners at The Baltimore Station. Volunteers arrive around 5PM, don hair nets, and prepare a meal for the veterans. Our latest event was on 20 January and was sponsored by JMT. But its not all about preparing dinner. One of the goals of our events is to interact with the veterans, which is a vital part of their therapy and process to re-enter society productively. They typically have stories to tell of their time serving our country. Won’t you consider sponsoring or attending our next event? We also have an opportunity to help design and build a restorative meditation garden on a lot adjacent to The Baltimore Station’s Baltimore headquarters.