Academy of Fellows

The SAME Academy of Fellows recognizes those members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to the Society, military engineering, and the A/E/C profession. SAME has bestowed the title of Fellow on select members since 1972; however in 1995 an academy was founded to formally acknowledge these distinguished individuals for their dedication to SAME and the A/E/C profession. Today, there are more than 700 members of the Academy of Fellows.


Annual Fellows Events

Each year, the SAME Academy of Fellows sponsors and helps support a number of events including a mentoring activity and reception at the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, luncheons in connection with other SAME national events, and nominating Young Members to attend the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference in the fall.

The Academy’s three major annual events—Golden Eagle Awards Dinner, Fellows Investiture Ceremony, and the Investiture Luncheon—are held together each March in the Washington, D.C. area as part of SAME Capital Week.

Golden Eagle Awards Dinner

This premier formal awards dinner recognizes two outstanding Americans: one, an SAME Fellow, for their contributions to the A/E/C profession; and the other, often a non-member, for their contributions to national security. The evening also includes a networking reception. 

Investiture Ceremony

The new Class of Fellows is invested into the Academy of Fellows each year during a ceremony preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. The ceremony includes presentation of the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award, which is given annually to an SAME Fellow for outstanding mentoring and support of the SAME mission.

Investiture Luncheon 

This event serves as the kick-off for the Investiture Ceremony and Golden Eagle Awards Dinner to follow. Current and new Fellows are welcome to attend, network, and hear presentations on topics of interest to the Academy of Fellows. [Event is open to Fellows only.]

Fellows Conclave

The conclave—first held in 2016—features an engaging keynote speaker and offers discussions and activities to challenge and inspire Fellows personally and professionally. SAME members who have achieved the distinction of Fellow represent the most dedicated and influential individuals in the Society. This conclave will offer the opportunity to work together to find ways that the Academy of Fellows can actively and effectively live the Fellows charge and pledge.

Fellows Awards Program

The SAME Academy of Fellows presents three awards each year—the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to National Security, the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to the A/E/C Profession, and the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award.

Golden Eagle Award

The Academy of Fellows will honor two outstanding Americans: an SAME Fellow for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession; and a prominent leader for significant contributions to national security. The Golden Eagle Dinner is a prestigious event where all members of the government and military engineering, construction and architecture industries are encouraged to attend. Golden Eagle Award nominations are handled through the Academy of Fellows leadership.

Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award

SAME created a Mentoring Award in 2005 to recognize Fellows for outstanding mentoring efforts. In 2009, the award was renamed the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award in honor of Brig. Gen. Gerald C. “Jed” Brown, USA (Ret.), who chaired the Working Group that formalized organizing the Fellows into an Academy in 1994 and served as the first chair in 1995.


If you are a Fellow, are you receiving e-mails from the Chair?  If not, please ensure that your SAME Member record is up-to-date with your most current contact information.  Below are some communications you may have missed:


Academy Leadership

Executive Committee

The Academy of Fellows is led by a chair and several vice chairs who ensure that the academy’s major events, awards and Fellows support to other SAME events is carried out.


Capt. William T. “Bill” Bersson, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)
HCR Construction

Vice Chairs

Mary Anderson, F.SAME
Schnabel Engineering

Col. Raymond Willcocks, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)

Golden Eagle Awards Dinner
Lt. Col. John Osborn, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

AOF Events
Amy D'Alonzo Basehoar, F.SAME

Harold I. Rosen, Esq., F.SAME
Law Office of Harold Rosen

Capt. James H. Donahue, P.E., F.SAME, USCG (Ret.)

Executive Director
Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

Fellows Regional Points of Contact

Each of SAME’s 17 regions has a Fellows Regional Point of Contact to ensure that Fellows throughout each region are kept abreast of happenings within the Academy of Fellows and to be able to solicit support for local, regional and national events.

California  TBD
Carolinas Capt. Walter L. "Len" Dillinger, P.E.,  F.SAME, USN (Ret.)
Europe TBD
Great Lakes Harry R. Price, P.E., F.SAME
Lower Mississippi CUCM (SCW) Rodger Aitken, P.E.,  F.SAME, USNR (Ret.)
Capt. James H. "Jim" Donahue, P.E.,  F.SAME, USCG (Ret.)
Missouri River David A. Packard, R.A., PMP, F.SAME
New England Sheila Warren, F.SAME
North Atlantic Eric D. Stahl, P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME
Northwest Martin J. "Marty" Boivin, P.E., F.SAME
Ohio Valley Timothy N. "Tim" Kyper, P.E., F.SAME
Pacific Capt. William F. "Will" Boudra, P.E., F.SAME,  USN (Ret.)
Rocky Mountain Region
Col Ronald A. Torgerson, P.E., CPMP, CHS-V, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
South Atlantic TBD
South Central Col. Donald J. "Don"  Blanchard, P.E.,  F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
Southwest Brig. Gen. Patrick A. "Pat"  Burns, P.E.,  F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
TEXOMA Jennifer P. Fogg, CPF, F.SAME

Past Chairs of the Academy

  • 2015- Present Capt. William T. “Bill” Bersson, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)
  • 2012-2015 William A. "Bill" Brown Sr., P.E., HAIA, F.SAME, SES (Ret.) 
  • 2011-2012 Paul A. Parker, SES, F.SAME
  • 2009-2011 Rear Adm. Gary A. Engle, P.E., DBIA, F.SAME, USN (Ret.) 
  • 2007-2009 Rear Adm. Robert Williams, P.E., DEE, F.SAME, USPHS 
  • 2005-2007 Linda M. McKnight, F.SAME
  • 2003-2005 Anthony F. Leketa, P.E., F.SAME, SES
  • 2002-2003 Roger J. Wozny, P.E., F.SAME
  • 2001-2002 Brig. Gen. Ralph V. Locurcio, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.) 
  • 2000-2001 Maj. Gen. Clifton D. “Duke” Wright, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) 
  • 1999-2000 Rear Adm. David E. Bottorff, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.) 
  • 1998-1999 Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Kelly, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.) 
  • 1997-1998 Maj. Gen. James E. McCarthy, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) 
  • 1996-1997 Maj. Gen. Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) 
  • 1995-1996 Brig. Gen. Gerald C. Brown, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.)


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