Councils

Mission Statement

The mission of the SAME Young Members Council is to be an advocate for and engage young member support of SAME’s Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition.

Download the Council Charter.


Council Members

  • Chair: Ben Redding, Continental Mapping - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Secretary: Tasha Lanni, Wildlands - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice Chair of Programs: Ann Ewy, USACE - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice Chair of Mentoring & Recognition: Capt. Jeremy Kinne, P.E., USAF - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice Chair of Communication: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice Chair of Communication: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for a Council organizational chart.


Announcements:

New Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program (application due dates: April 4, 2014 and Oct. 3, 2014)

SAME has launched the Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program to support SAME Young Members and NCOs obtain credentials that strengthen their professionalism. The program is intended to help fund exam sitting or registration fees for credentials, certifications or licensures deemed to have intrinsic value to SAME’s mission and the architectural and engineering professions. Individuals may apply for reimbursement of up to $500. Reimbursements to approved applicants will be upon successful completion of exams and submittal of required documentation. For full program details and application forms, click here.

The 2014 Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program application due dates are April 4 and Oct. 3. The award recipients will be notified on April 11 and October 17.

Past YM Professional Development Call:
When: Tuesday, 25 Feb 14, 1100-1200 EST
Guest Speaker: Col Sal Nodjomian, USAF (Ret.), P.E., F.SAME (Bio Attached)
Topic: Engineering Leadership and Development

Description: We are honored to have Col (Ret.) Nodjomian as our guest speaker this quarter. Recently retired after nearly 24 years in the Air Force, Col Nodjomian is currently the Executive Vice President and Global Director of Federal Practices for the Matrix Design Group. He is also the SAME South Central Regional Vice President and was recently re-elected as Councilman for the City of Niceville, Florida. Col Nodjomian plans to discuss engineering leadership, both from his perspective as a former senior Air Force Civil Engineer leader and as a senior engineer in the private sector. His talk will cover things young engineers can do to improve themselves and advance in the engineering field. Further, he plans to talk in general terms about the transition to the private sector and his personal involvement in SAME.

Professional Development Hours: For the first time ever, the YM Council will award PDHs for participation in this call. Depending on the duration, you will likely earn 0.5-1 PDH towards certification requirements.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Matt Altman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Programs

The Council holds a quarterly Professional Development Teleconference. These calls are a great opportunity to gain the perspective of many leaders within our career field. They provide an excellent forum for discussion between Young Members and field leaders. If you’re interested in attending a conference or would like to nominate a guest speaker, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Young Member’s Post Programs Guide gives Posts ideas on how to run successful Young Member programs and events.  If you have any ideas for the improvement of this document, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mentoring & Recognition

Promoting and developing a strong and lasting mentoring bond between SAME Fellows, Members, and Young Members is a focus of the Young Member activities.  We hope that you’re making a strong effort at your Post to link YMs and Fellows at events.  Let us know how you’re doing it and if you’re not, please send Capt. Jeremy Kinne, P.E., USAF an email for ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to take the time to nominate your YMs for the Tudor and the Sverdrup Medal awards through your Post’s Board of Direction. 

A civilian Young Member can receive the Tudor Medal for the most outstanding contribution to engineering design, construction, research, development, or planning. A uniformed Young Member can receive the Sverdrup for the most outstanding contribution to engineering, the military service, SAME, or the nation. Young Members are also eligible to receive other society awards.  Deadlines for nominations are typically the end of January. View the Award & Recognition Committee webpage for more information.  We are also always looking for a Post and YM to highlight in our bi-monthly newsletter. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Vice Chair, YM Council Mentoring & Recognition, if there’s a Post or someone you’d like to see lauded for their efforts in the Society.


Communication

Communications is a vital resource we need to develop. With your active participation, YMs will have the opportunity to share their SAME and professional experiences, receive advance notice on YM activities and events taking shape throughout SAME, and spotlight your most accomplished YMs and YM programs. We look forward to meeting and working with you! We use several avenues to deliver this information to you. You can find us on LinkedIn as a subgroup to the SAME group.  Take some time to engage in the discussions or start one of your own!  If you’re a YM, you should be receiving our bi-monthly newsletter. If you’re not receiving it, be sure your email is correct on your profile and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Vice Chair, YM Council Communication or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Assistant Vice Chair, YM Council Communication.

Past issues [PDF]:

 


Resources

  • Young Member LinkedIn Subgroup
  • Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program for YMs and NCOs
  • 21 Delta Search operated by SAME Member Edward C. Gibson, provides professional job transition assistance and nonprofit networking for engineers. Contact Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-780-6037. 
  • The Retired Officers Association is a great source for job placement, resume reviews, and resources.
  • JobHuntersBible.com is a site by Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?: A Job-hunter's Guide. The site is designed as a supplement to the book.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a personality test that scores results with the same codes as the Myers-Briggs. Take the test and find out more about yourself.
  • Working on the Resume? Career lab has a wide range of career oriented services, including cover letters, self assessment, etc.
  • Working on the Resume? Mr. Nicholas Lore from the Rockport Institute offers a comprehensive guide of resume writing.

If you have any Resources suggestions or comments, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Secretary,YM Council.

The Small Business Council would like to wish you Happy Holidays, as well as to share with you our thanks for 2013 and our plans for 2014. Please see the attached file for the full message from the SBC.

Small businesses are more important than ever!

Small business firms contribute approximately 80 percent of our nation’s job growth. Our entrepreneurial approach fosters innovation, drive and success. Often considered “renegades,” we are an invaluable asset to our nation’s economy and the military mission.

The SAME Small Business Council is committed to keeping SAME Members informed with the most up–to–date information from the world of small business. We regularly send out an electronic newsletter to help you stay ahead of the latest trends and take advantage of current developments in growth and partnerships.

If you are interested in getting more information about Small Business Council activities, or in serving on the SAME Small Business Council, please send an e-mail with your contact info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 


MISSION STATEMENT

The Small Business Council's mission is to promote the role and relevance of small business in SAME through outreach, training, opportunity and recognition.

YOUR SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL
The Small Business Council was established in 2001 by a group of SAME small business firm members who identified a specific need. The council works to:

  • Inform SAME of technical programs of interest to small business members
  • Provide opportunities to meet with key military decision makers
  • Represent small business interests on select SAME national committees
  • Keep members informed on small business regulations and legislation
  • Provide opportunities to highlight small business success stories and lessons learned
  • Recognize and reward small business firms through the Gen. Robert Flowers Small Business Award

As a result of our efforts, the council’s accomplishments include:

  • Advocating small business technical tracks at the annual SAME Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo
  • Providing a small business networking booth at the SAME Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo for firms and procurement specialists to meet and talk
  • Recognizing local Posts for their contribution to and support of small business firms
  • Providing insight and recommendations for overcoming bonding and insurance constraints through participation in bonding and insurance roundtables
  • Increasing the number of articles in The Military Engineer written by small business firms
  • Supporting and partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at its annual Small Business Conference
  • Notifying members of legislative changes that may impact their businesses
  • Advocating partnerships with other professional organizations, fostering additional forums for training for member firms
  • Increasing participation by small business firms at the local and national level through the addition of Post Small Business Liaison officers at every Post.

The Small Business Council welcomes your participation. We look forward to hearing about how we may continue to support the professional development and success of your small business firm. We encourage you to get involved!

Respectfully,
Gita Murthy, Ph.D.
Chair, SAME Small Business Council
RORE, Inc.
(cell) 619-922-4482
(office) 858-404-7393 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Helpful Resources


Small Business Council Newsletter

Click on the links below for the latest editions of Small Business Connections, the SAME Small Business Council Newsletter in PDF Format.


Small Business Council Meeting Minutes [PDF format]

Committee Chairman

Frank J. Lakotich III
Expeditionary Engineering Functional Area Manager
AMC/A7
Office:
DSN: 779-0699
COMM: 618-229-0699
Cell: 618-960-0816

Mission Statement

The mission of the SAME Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) Council is to oversee the integration of NCO's throughout the spectrum of SAME operations; advocate and engage NCO support of SAME's Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition, and provide value added to the NCO member.

Become an SAME NCO Member!


Announcement:

New Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program
SAME has launched the Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program to support SAME Young Members and NCOs obtain credentials that strengthen their professionalism. The program is intended to help fund exam sitting or registration fees for credentials, certifications or licensures deemed to have intrinsic value to SAME’s mission and the architectural and engineering professions. Individuals may apply for reimbursement of up to $500. Reimbursements to approved applicants will be upon successful completion of exams and submittal of required documentation. For full program details and application forms, click here.


Resources:


Get Involved:

The NCO Council is looking forward to interacting with, and finding ways to increase NCO membership and participation in SAME. In addition to national opportunities, the NCO council has four main areas in which you can participate. If you would like to get involved with this Council, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to hearing from you!

Conferences - Responsible for planning the Joint Engineer NCO Symposium, as well as the NCO training sessions at the annual Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference, in coordination with the host Program Committee. Also assists the program committees for other regional conferences by providing relevant programs and finding ways to increase NCO participation. Coordinates initiatives with the Vice Chair of Programs, as appropriate.

Communications- Responsible for communicating information on NCO activities to and from Posts, and provides information to SAME HQ for publication on the Council web site and in SAME News. The Vice Chair of Communications will write relevant articles, in collaboration with the Chair and other Vice Chairs, and provide to SAME HQ. The Vice Chair of Communications serves as the Primary Point of Contact (POC) for Council information.

Membership - Works with the Chair and Membership committee and Posts in increasing the membership of NCOs in the Society.

Education - Works with the Chair, Education Committee and Posts to establish educational programs relevant to NCOs.


Questions regarding NCO Council may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Joint Senior NCO Panel

Mission:  The mission of the Joint Engineer Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SNCO) Panel is to present Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps perspectives on operating in a joint environment.

Membership: Joint Engineer SNCO Panels consist of five members including the engineering SNCO from each Service, and a moderator from SAME. The engineering SNCO from each Service is normally the person assigned to the senior enlisted engineering position and who works directly for the Service’s engineering senior flag officer. The panel moderator is normally the Chair or a Vice Chair of the SAME NCO Council. Recognizing the heavy travel schedules and other competing priorities of these individuals, panel members may designate an alternate to attend and represent their Service’s enlisted engineering corps.

Operating Guidelines:

  1. Joint Engineer SNCO panels are conducted and offered in person, at selected locations and venues.
  2. Predetermined or standing venues include the senior enlisted engineering courses at the Army Engineer School, the Seabee Engineer School, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Currently, this includes a total of six standing panels per year.
  3. The Services may also request a Joint Engineer SNCO panel convene for unanticipated events such as symposiums, conferences, or other gatherings of engineering personnel.  Services or conference coordinators may request panels by contacting the NCO Council Chair or the SAME Executive Director.
  4. The SAME Executive Director shall coordinate on each offering of the Joint Engineer SNCO panel and provide funding as required.

Operating Objectives:

  1. Joint Engineer SNCO panels are convened to present joint engineering issues from the perspective of the enlisted corps.
  2. Panels are conducted in a non-attribution environment; panel members present their own opinions and perspectives uniquely developed from their experiences.
  3. Panel members present a short overview of Service-specific engineering issues, followed by interactive discussion and a question and answer session.
  4. Panel members are encouraged to address issues and concerns from these topics:
    1. Joint engineering operations in deployed locations (i.e., the Area of Responsibility)
    2. AOR-unique obstacles/solutions to engineering operations
    3. Home base or in-garrison activities in preparation for deployment to the AOR
    4. Home installation/base maintenance activities, including maintenance by contract
    5. Engineering and construction trades training issues unique to the Service
    6. Recommendations/suggestions on how to improve joint engineering execution
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