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SAME Post Leaders are encouraged to publicize the recent activities and accomplishments of their Posts by submitting 500- to 1,000-word articles and high-resolution photos for publication in the Post Notes section of the SAME website or on the SAME Bricks and Clicks Blog. To submit a Post item for Post Notes, please complete the online for at

SAME Wichita Post Lends a Hand

The Wichita Mountains Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) donated three checks to Wounded Warrior families and families at Sheppard and Altus Air Force Bases, along with Fort Sill, Okla., in ceremonies Dec.19.

At Sheppard, Wichita Mountains SAME Post secretary Melissa Guillory, Post programs coordinator Billy Tramel and 366th Training Squadron electrical flight chief Master Sgt. Derrell Guillory presented a $3,000 check to Master Sgt. John Van Pelt, 366th TRS first sergeant and Sheppard First Sergeant’s Group treasurer, who will distribute the funds to Sheppard families.

The donations are meant to give back to those who are currently serving to protect our freedom. 

Ten families spread around the three bases will be receiving a total donation of $12,500 over the next week.  Any donations received after the last check is written will be donated directly to the Wounded Warrior’s program at Fort Sill.

“This is not only a great opportunity to express our appreciation for those who risk all to serve our country but an opportunity to join our other Post members in making a positive difference on a scale larger than ordinarily attainable through strictly individual efforts,” said Rick West, current Post President.

Every year a vote decides the special project for the year.  Then the members challenge each other and the donations start pouring in. 

In 2012, Post members far exceeded any donations they have had in the past.  

“I think it is great for the First Sergeants Group to be able to partner with an organization which shares the same goals that we do and be able to reach out to our Airmen here at Sheppard AFB,” Van Pelt said.

“As donations started coming in, it just started to snowball and we ended up with much more than we ever thought possible!   Our members really care about supporting our military folks and wanted to give something back,” Mrs. Guillory said.

 The Wichita Mountains Post and SAME mission is to promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public and private-sector engineers and related professionals, and by developing future engineers through outreach and mentoring.

The Posts’ members also volunteer their time to foster and expose students to engineering thru programs like, Engineer for a Day, Future Cities and Math Counts.

They also sponsor a golf tournament every October to garner funds for their scholarship program.  They gave out one scholarship this year totaling $1,000 and sponsored another student to attend the Navy Seabee Summer camp to learn more about engineering thru the military.

To learn more about the local Post of SAME or to become a member, go to

The SAME Orange County Post, Awards five Scholarships to Engineering Students.


The SAME Orange County Post, in its mission to support and promote the educational and professional development of present and potential future engineers, awarded five scholarships to engineering students from the University of California, Irvine at a luncheon on October 11, 2012.  Al Moro, Executive Director for the Port of Long Beach presided and presented a book to the recipients on the history of the port. Each scholarship was in the amount of $2,500 and was open to all engineering disciplines.  Applicants had to be a Junior or Senior as of fall 2012 and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Criteria for the scholarship included Academic Performance, Financial Need, Professional Involvement, Community Involvement and Work Experience. 

The SAME Orange County Post would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding academic success as well as their community and professional contributions:

Mr. Andrew Baca is a Senior in Structural Engineering with a 3.5 GPA.  He is President of the Latino Business Association (LBSA) and past recipient of the Most Valuable Member Award from the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Joseph Bell is a Junior in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.4 GPA.  He is a Member of the National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is a mentor for Summer Engineering for Kids (SEEK).

Ms. Mary Danielson is a Senior in Civil Engineering with a 3.2 GPA.  She is Vice President of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and an intern at the Eastern Municipal Water District.  Ms. Danielson is also a recipient of the J. Thomas Miles Memorial Scholarship established in 2004 in recognition of Mr. J. Thomas Miles, P.E., a visionary leader in the field of civil and environmental engineering and an integral component to the success and growth of the SAME Orange County Post.

Mr. Charles Smith is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is married with two children.  Mr. Smith volunteers his time for community beach clean-ups and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Ms. Jacqueline Thomas is a Senior in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and currently maintains a 4.0 GPA.  She is Vice President External for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the UCI Design/Build Fly Team.

Mobile Post, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) recognizes outstanding efforts of their Sustaining, Individual, and Student Members for 2012

Mobile, AL – The Society of American Military Engineers recognized the efforts of selected sustaining, individual, and student members for their outstanding performance in 2012 during their annual Christmas social held at the Athlestan Club December 4, 2012. The following awards and deserving recipients were announced:

• Mrs. Andrea Dowdy-Young Member Award
• Mr. Travis Dyess-Student Member Award (University of South Alabama)
• Mr. Mark Crawford II-Student Member Award (University of South Alabama)
• COL Steven Roemhildt-Individual Member Award
• Thompson Engineering-Sustaining Member Firm Award
• Dr. Bret Webb-Outstanding Student Mentor (University of South Alabama)
Each of the award recipients will be eligible for SAME National award nomination.
"It has been my pleasure to work with such dedicated individuals and companies this past year. Their efforts allowed the SAME post to once again be recognized as a Top Large Post in the nation"
-Tiffany Seibt – Mobile SAME Post President

SAME is a professional engineering association connecting architects, scientists, engineers, and builders in the public sector and private industry, uniting them to improve individual and collective capabilities for national security. SAME’s goal is to integrate these entities and individuals so that they can prepare for - and overcome - natural and manmade disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad. For more information on how to become a member of SAME visit

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