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Message from the President

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COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017

February 20, 2017

 

Team,

Happy National Engineers Week!

While there are many definitions of an engineer, its very essence is the application of our technical expertise to solving problems. By this definition, we are all engineers, dreamers, innovators, and problem solvers regardless of our chosen career field. This is an opportunity for The Society of American Engineers (SAME) to celebrate our history, our profession, and our shared commitment to serving our Nation.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kandi Srb and Dan Taylor who received the "President's Award" at our Annual Engineers Week Banquet sponsored by the Engineer Round Table at the UNO Campus last week. Kandi works for HDR and currently serves as our Vice President for Professional Development and Personal Growth and has made significant contributions to our Post over the years through our Professional Development Programs, Scholarships, Industry Days, and Mentoring. Dan is the Owner of AMI Environmental and this year he has been active as a member of the National Small Business Council and very proactive in providing training venues, socials, and roundtable discussions to better network our small businesses with large sustaining member businesses.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington's Birthday. President Washington is commonly considered the Nation's first engineer. George Washington appointed the first engineer officers of the Army on June 16, 1775, during the American Revolution, and engineers have served in combat in all subsequent American wars. The Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate, permanent branch on March 16, 1802, and gave the engineers responsibility for founding and operating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point... and the rest is history.

The over 30,000 members of the SAME leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges. Founded in 1920, SAME unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, project planning, contracting and acquisition, and related disciplines in support of national security.

Engineers Week is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies who are dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future technical workforce. Each year, this coalition reaches out to thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups to emphasize the importance of technical education, inform students about STEM-related careers, provide scholarships, and inspire them to dream, innovate, design, create, and build a bright future for our world.

Thanks to everyone from across all of our professions who pull together as a team to engineer solutions to our Nation's most challenging and complex problems. Thanks also to all of you who have volunteered your time to advance our professions and inspire our youth through the Student Mentoring Program, summer camps, scholarships, awards, student chapters, mentoring, STEM programs, Industry Days, and outreach events sponsored by the SAME Omaha Post. Your actions have real and lasting positive impacts on our associated professions, our future teammates, and our Nation.

Thanks for all you do.

     v/r
      John

      COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
      SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017

 


Message from the President

January 13, 2017

 

Team,

On Monday, January 16th, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Day in honor of the life and legacy of a truly great American. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own character as well as the collective character of our profession.

Dr. King is an exceptional role model for all who are dedicated to serving our Nation, to include members of the Society of American Military Engineers. We have a lot in common as committed professionals who choose a life of service, contributing our talents for the betterment of our Nation, and building strong teams which are founded on trust and respect for each other. We all chose to serve something bigger than ourselves; a Nation which continues to strive for freedom, justice, equality, opportunity, and tolerance for men and women everywhere - regardless of race, creed, gender, or national origin.

The strength of our team, and therefore our ability to continue accomplishing our missions well, is derived from the mutual respect that we have for our teammates. This mutual respect is based on trust, which is a function of our consistently demonstrated actions to be people of good character, committed to our mutual success, striving for a high level of competence in our chosen profession. This is important because it lies at the foundation of everything that we do as a profession, as SAME members, and ultimately as a Nation.

Dr. King's legacy inspires us all to be better humans and therefore to be a stronger team and a better Nation. Dr. King believed so strongly in this that he continued advocating for the civil rights and fair treatment of all at the risk of his own life. I'd humbly ask that we all take some time to honor his life by reflecting on our own humanity and character, recommitting ourselves to our mission, and finding a sense of purpose in serving something bigger than ourselves.

Please accept my sincere gratitude for all your selfless contributions to the Society of American Military Engineers, and that you for your continued partnership. Please know that you are appreciated.

 

     Most respectfully,
      John

      COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
      SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017

 


Message from the President

December 21, 2016

 

Team,

On behalf of SAME Officer and Board Members, please accept our sincere wishes for a relaxing and safe holiday season. This is an excellent time of year for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments as a team, to reflect on those things that are most important to each of us, and to celebrate our Families, our freedoms, our communities, and our traditions. We are very thankful for your participation in SAME, for your unparalleled support to our many programs, and for your contributions to promote and facilitate engineering support for our Nation.

We have a lot for which to be thankful this year; a few of the highlights are listed below.

  1. Congratulations our teammates who earned several awards this past year to include Ben Nixa (Student Chapter Rising Star Award), Rob Hufford, Mike Huffstetler, and Brian Schuele (Omaha Post Rising Stars), Mike Baldino (Doug Plack Golden Eagle Award), Justin Shillerberg, Joe Shields, and Jodi Vaccaro (Omaha Post President's Award), Tony Kraus (Public Sector Partnering Award), and Dan Taylor (Post Small Business Liaison Officer Award).
  2. Congratulations to Dave Packard and Lt. Col. Gary Krupa (Ret.) who were approved for induction into the SAME Academy of Fellows this year. This places them in a special category of The Society's membership, recognizing their efforts over the years on behalf of The Society and the engineering profession. They will be formally inducted into the Academy of Fellows at the annual Investiture Ceremony.
  3. Congratulations to our scholarship winners this year - Jacob Quint ($2K), Natan Ritterling ($2K), and Allan Cramblitt ($2K). Additionally, a new needs-based scholarship has been established by the Omaha Post. The scholarship will be offered annually to a graduating high school senior and will be in the amount of $2K. Thanks to all for your generous contributions to our scholarship funds each year, and special thanks to the Doug Plack Memorial Scholarship Fund for their generous contributions to this endeavor.
  4. Congratulations to the Omaha Post for meeting the criteria to win the following Streamer Awards with Distinction in 2015: Education and Training, Leadership and Mentoring, and Relationships and Recognition. We also won Streamer Awards for Emergency Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience, and Membership. As a result of these awards, the Omaha Post was recognized as a Distinguished Post!
  5. Thanks to everyone who facilitated a number of events last year to foster great relationships within our profession and our community. Some of these included co-hosting the Engineer's Week Banquet, sponsoring a very successful 2015 Industry Day and Golf Tournament, completing another amazing year in our Student Mentoring Program, and facilitating the 2016 Large-Small Business Mentorship Roundtable Discussion.

Thank you again for all that you do to serve our Nation and make our Post successful; we certainly could not be successful without each of you. Happy Holidays, and best to you and yours for a very successful New Year!

 

     Most respectfully,
      John

      COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
      SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017

 


Message from the President

August 11, 2016

 

Team,

First, we owe a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Dave Packard for his leadership, dedication, and service to the Omaha Post over this past year while serving as our Post President. Our "Distinguished Post" continues to thrive thanks to the efforts of leaders like Dave, our many volunteer board/committee members, our industry partners, our public entities, and military involvement. Dave adeptly brought this diverse team together to achieve amazing results again last year... an accomplishment for which we can all be proud. Also, I'd like to thank our group of distinguished SAME Fellows who so actively support and participate in SAME mentorship, education, training, and professional development programs; sharing their experience, insight, and enthusiasm with our team to the great benefit of our Post. I would also like to take this opportunity congratulate Capt. Michael Blount, USN (Ret) for being sworn in as the new National President of SAME, and Ms. Jackie Hacker for being inducted as our Regional Vice President.

The SAME Omaha Post is special and unique in many ways. We can all be inspired by the sense of volunteerism, the hard work, and the many contributions made by our membership back to the community of Omaha and to the profession of engineering. We have a very strong network of trusted industry partners, technical experts, public entities, and military engineers who are committed to selflessly serving our Nation in order to collaboratively find solutions to our national security infrastructure challenges. This collaborative network of professionals exists because of your involvement, engagement, and support to the SAME Omaha Post; please accept my personal gratitude for all that you do to make this an organization that is value added for our members, for our profession, for the people that we serve, and ultimately for our Nation.

We have one of the most comprehensive and mature STEM Student Mentoring Programs in the Nation. This is certainly a treasure for the Omaha community and an enduring legacy of our Post. We have engineering professionals serving in our organizations now who were students in our mentorship programs 20 years ago; who attended engineering camps sponsored by us; who received scholarships from us to earn engineering degrees; who now serve our profession and our Nation. I'd ask that we all evaluate our capacity to ensure that this program continues to thrive and endures to produce another generation of engineering professionals who possess a sense of patriotism and service to our Nation.

We are a society of professionals; architects, engineers, scientists, builders, entrepreneurs, public servants, and service members. We are unique, and we are only successful because of the proactive engagement with each other as a society for the common good of our profession and our Nation. Our "value proposition" for our members, as well as our prospective members, is the essence of why we serve. It is incumbent for all of us to understand why it is important to give back to our profession; why it is important to take a proactive role in mentoring future engineers and scientists; why it is important to give back to the communities that enable our success in many ways, and why a strong, collaborative public/private/academic/military network is so important to the enduring success of our Nation. So as we continue to strive to make our network strong, to make our contributions relevant, and to make our investments of time and treasure value-added to our Nation and to our members, we should also take time to remind ourselves of the value of belonging to SAME and our role as members in creating this value.

Finally, we enjoy phenomenal external relationships with our field chapter in Rapid City, our Student Chapters at Iowa State, UNL, and UNO, our academic and military partners, our sister SAME posts in the region, and with our National HQs. Our new executive director, BG(Ret) Joe Schroedel, is serving as an agent for change with a new SAME National Strategic Plan as well as the establishment of the SAME Foundation. As a Distinguished Post, we should aspire to embrace the positive changes that are ongoing in our organization nationally, continue to be leaders in our profession, and continue to foster these very important external relationships.

Thank you again for all that you do to serve our Nation and make our Post successful; we certainly could not be successful without each of you.

 

     Most respectfully,
      John

      COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
      SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017