Society of American Military Engineers

Founded in 1920, the Society of American Military Engineers builds leaders and leads collaboration among government and industry to develop multi-disciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges. With a National Office in Alexandria, Va., and more than 100 Posts and Field Chapters around the world, the Society unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, and contracting and acquisition disciplines.

SAME was born from the lessons of World War I and the realization of those who went “over there” that the engineering community was unprepared for what was confronted. That prescient leadership would prove invaluable, as “The War to End All Wars” was anything but. As we begin our second century in 2020, our vision to serve our nation as the foremost integrator for leadership development and technical collaboration within the A/E/C profession echoes the motivations of SAME’s founders, who, very clearly valuing diversity of thought and the benefits of many perspectives, proclaimed that “eligibility qualifications for membership in this Society are drawn on the broadest possible lines, consistent with the achievement of its aims.”

SAME is vital and enduring. And after 100 years, our role has never been more clear: Let's help secure America's future, together.

Established in 2016, the SAME Foundation was created to support the next generation of military, government civilian, and A/E/C industry leaders. Learn more about how you can help foster engineering leadership for the nation by becoming a supporter of the SAME Foundation. America's future is bright. Let's help make it brighter.

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Virtual Post Leaders Workshop 2020

Virtual SBC 2020

Transition Workshop and Job Fair 2020

February 27 - 28, 2020


Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore at BWI Airport
1300 Concourse Drive, Linthicum, MD, 21090

View resources from the workshop.

SAME Mission

“To build leaders and lead collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges.”


SAME Vision

“To serve our nation as the foremost integrator for leadership development and technical collaboration within the A/E/C profession.”


Our Enduring Purpose

“To promote solidarity and cooperation between engineers in civil and military life, to disseminate technical knowledge bearing upon progress in the art of war and the application of engineering science thereto, and to preserve and maintain the best standards and traditions of the profession, all in the interests of patriotism and national security.”

As you know, SAME made the decision to not hold the 2020 JETC in-person as originally planned due to the nation's collective response efforts to COVID-19 and because venues in Washington, D.C., were declared closed past our scheduled dates. As part of our efforts to retool and adapt, and to stay valuable to our membership, from May 27-29, SAME hosted a Virtual JETC (VJETC) with more than 2,100 attendees, over 40 education and training sessions, the SAME National President Transition, and keynote speakers Mike Rowe, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.), and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams, MD, USPHS. It was a great week of coming together to engage in professional development and connect with friends and colleagues virtually. Throughout this spring, so many Posts across SAME have held virtual meetings, webinars, happy hours, and even scholarship boards online in order to stay connected with the Society. To all those who have stayed engaged in SAME virtually, whether at our national events or at your local Post, thank you! We are adapting for today, and tomorrow, together.

Looking ahead over the summer months and the balance of 2020, there are still many activities and events that are on the SAME calendar and that we are looking forward to. At this point, majority, if not all, of those will be held virtually. Additionally, on the local level, SAME Posts have their own events and activities planned or scheduled for the remainder of this year. All Posts, in joining with the nation's response to reduce the spread of coronavirus, cancelled or postponed events this spring, with many having rescheduled them to late summer and fall. 

The SAME Calendar of Events lists all local, regional, and national events, with types categorized to show if they are virtual or now planned to be held in-person later this year. As parts of the country reopen, and do so on different timelines and with different requirements, for the latest information on your local Post, visit the Post webpage or contact your Post directly. The SAME National Office Membership & Post Operations Team is available as well to provide information.


In July, the SAME Facilities Management Workshop (FM Workshop), scheduled for July 29-31, will now be a virtual event. Registration will open soon. The education and training program, the keynote speakers, and networking opportunities are being planned now. Fortunately, the education and training presentations have already been developed from the Call for Presentations, so it's just a matter of logistically working with speakers and moderators to pivot to a virtual platform. More information on the FM Workshop is now available at

In August, plans are underway to turn Post Leaders Workshop, scheduled for August 9-11, into a virtual event as well. More information on PLW will be available soon.

The 2020 SAME Federal Small Business Conference (SBC), scheduled for November 4-6, also will be a virtual conference, a decision that has been made by the officers of the SAME Board of Direction.  There is too much uncertainty about whether large gatherings will be allowed in November and the military services have indicated they are not likely to approve in-person attendance even if they are permitted.  Making a decision now gives us the maximum amount of time to be able to deliver the best Virtual SBC that we can with all the elements you expect. Government agencies, industry partners, the SAME Small Business Community, and many more stakeholders are coming together to plan Virtual SBC. More information will be available in the coming weeks. 

Lastly, when SAME made the decision to hold Virtual JETC, several of the Society-related aspects (Fellows Investiture, Society Ball, Post Awards, Golden Eagle Awards, and LDP Graduation Ceremony) were taken out of the program in order to be able to focus on the education and training, but especially so that these special events would be appropriately celebrated at another point this year, possibly in-person. We are continuing to evaluate all options with respect to these special events and look forward to being able to celebrate so many of our amazing members, partners, and stakeholders virtually during 2020, SAME's Centennial.


UPDATED: 6/25/2020