Frank Mondo, PE, LEED AP
email: frank.mondo@jacobs.com


SAME Mission
“To lead collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges.”

2020 Vision
“To be recognized as the multi-disciplined integrator of military, public, private, and academic national infrastructure-related capabilities to produce viable solutions for America’s national security.”

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.”

South Carolina National Guard Foundation Scholarship Recipient Furman Walker Ridgeway

As Treasurer of the Carolina Midlands Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Dave Yensan presented a $1,000 scholarship to Furman Walker Ridgeway at the recent South Carolina National Guard Foundation luncheon at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, SC. Furman will attend USC in the fall and plans to major in Computer Science. He is a member of his school band and the National Honor Society. A recipient of the SCNGF scholarship must be a full-time student enrolled at an accredited university or college, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and must be a member of the National Guard, or be a dependent of a soldier/airman serving in the National Guard.  The SAME Midlands Post seeks qualified rising high school seniors or students attending a 4-year accredited university or college who can be supported through member donations and their spring golf tournament fundraiser.



Midlands Post Annual Holiday Social Gathering

Please join us for our Annual Holiday Social Gathering this year at The Grand on Main
4:30 - 7:30pm
See old friends and meet new ones. 
Feel free to bring a spouse or a friend.
We will have a couple of bowling alleys available for use by our group. 

The Grand on Main 
1621 Main Street, Columbia, SC

We are continuing to use Eventbrite for meeting registrations.  
Meeting cost is $20 in advance ($15 for current/retired military). 
Please register by Monday, December 9th @ 8:00am, so we can accommodate everyone.

The Carolina Midlands Post will be holding our Annual Toys for Tots collection for the Marine Corps again this year. 
Please bring an unwrapped toy, or consider a monetary donation.


Composting at Riverbanks Zoo

The Riverbanks Zoo’s composting success is that “bottom line” of animal manure can be a profit-maker instead of a wasted byproduct.  The zoo must contend with about 1,200 pounds of excrement daily, mostly from its elephant, giraffe and zebra populations.  After collection, the manure decomposes and cures in a special storage area while being monitored for temperature and moisture.  When it reaches the stage where it’s ready to be called “natural soil amendment,” the compost can be distributed at Riverbanks Garden and sold.  It’s available for gift shop purchase or by the pick-up truckload during spring and fall bulk sales.  Some of the sale proceeds go to the zoo’s conservation fund that supports projects to save wildlife and wildlife habitat all over the world.  Each year Riverbanks converts 13,418 cubic feet of dung into money-making compost.

PRESENTER: John Davis, Director of Animal Care & Welfare


Shaw Air Force Base Program

Colonel Arno J. Bischoff is currently the Director of Installations for US Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, SC. He is responsible for 6,408 facilities at multiple bases valued at $14.7 billion. He oversees planning, development & execution of $3.8 billion in construction & $3.2 billion in service & commodity contracts and provides staff oversight of 3,600 rotational contracting, engineer, firefighter, EM/CBRN, EOD, and OCN escorts. From July 2015 to August 2016 he was the Commander, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group (AFCENT). He led this diverse unit of 619 personnel conducting theater-wide repair and construction projects in support of Joint and AFCENT forces while completing over 100 projects valued at $48 million. From July 2014 to May 2015 he was a student at Air War College. Additionally, Colonel Bischoff served at the Air Staff, US Forces Afghanistan, two Civil Engineer Squadron commands, HQ Air Combat Command as an EOD branch chief, a CE Operations Officer, and 4x Flight Commander. He has deployed six times in support of Operations SOUTHERNWATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, SPARTAN SHIELD, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and INHERENT RESOLVE


Developing Communities of Veterans within Companies and Professional Organizations

This presentation also qualifies for one (1) hour of CEU for Professional Development. 
  1. Understand the facts about veterans and veterans in the work place.
  2. Understand how improving veterans and their families quality of life improves corporate recruitment and retention.
  3. Recognize the measurement and evaluation of a successful program.

Presenter: Mr. Jim Lorraine, President & CEO of Americas Warrior Partnership 

From city to city and town to town across America, there is no one organization or platform to ensure each unique veteran is holistically supported or that each veteran service organization has access to the national resources they need. America's Warrior Partnership is filling these gaps between current veteran service organizations: bolstering efficacy, improving results, and empowering initiatives.

America's Warrior Partnership is the connection that brings local veteran-centric nonprofits together through coordination and collaboration, ensuring consistent information is obtained, relevant services are provided, and national resources are utilized. We attack inefficiency and amplify the work of established nonprofits and government agencies.


USC Aiken - Newly Accredited Engineering Curriculum, Advanced Manufacturing Lab & Veterans Affairs Program

Robert Murphy (Director of Veterans Affairs) and Darren Timmons (Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs) USC Aiken will provide a joint presentation about their newly accredited Engineering Curriculum, the new Advanced Manufacturing Lab and their Veteran Affairs Program.

Robert Murphy is the Director of the Office of Veteran and Military Student Success at University of South Carolina-Aiken.  He has served over 25 years in a myriad of international, national, and community based positions. A military veteran with zeal and passion of quality leadership and team success. Highly regarded as an expert in community relations, team building, and results-based leadership. Has cConducted hundreds of hours in research and analysis of current USC Aiken student veteran programming, policies, resources, and overall student veteran awareness and published a comprehensive Veteran and Military Student Success program. He received is BS Degree in Business Management from USC-Aiken and his MBA, Management from University of South Carolina

Dr. Daren Timmons was the interim provost, managing all academic programs and academic support services, including enrollment management, admissions and financial aid. Before assuming the interim position, Timmons was the dean of USCA's College of Sciences and Engineering. Before coming to USCA in 2016, Timmons was the John C. Allen '62 Institute Professor of Chemistry and head of the chemistry department at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he developed new liquid crystal materials and metal-organic frameworks, according to a news release from USCA. Timmons has an impressive list of publications and has been the recipient of several significant grants, including one from the National Science Foundation, according to the release. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Duke University and his doctorate in chemistry from Texas A&M University.

Invited guests also included Dr. Forrest Mahan (President Aiken Technical College), SC State Senator Tom Young, David Jameson (President and CEO Aiken Chamber of Commerce), and Will Williams  (Director Economic Development Partnership Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda Regions of SC).


Making the Right Connections - The Fundamentals of Air Barrier Design 

Mr. Keith Kowadlo, Federal Account Manager for Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing will be presenting on "Making the Right Connections - The Fundamentals of Air Barrier Design". This is a on-hour AIA-approved presentation. 

Mr. Kowadlo is a retired Army Engineer Officer who served as a Quality Assurance Representative on numerous construction projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Following retirement, he worked as federal business development manager for several Architectural-Engineering design firms chasing Design/Build construction work.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Penn State.  He has been a member of SAME since his 1977 graduation from the Virginia Military Institute.


Lloyd, Paul and Debbi Bessinger along with their children carry on the family’s BBQ heritage. They still pit-cook each pork ham for 24 hours over hickory wood coals using their grandfather Joe’s original secret sauce recipe. This new generation has one simple focus – to serve the best pit-cooked BBQ in South Carolina. Just like their grandfather.


Tour of the South Carolina Military Museum

Organizer: Major General Retired Eisner is the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, South Carolina National Guard, South Carolina Joint Force Headquarters. He also serves as the Deputy Adjutant General, South Carolina National Guard.

Located in the capital city of Columbia, the South Carolina Military Museum is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. Its mission is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and this State's martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations. Featuring an impressive collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today as a force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.


Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Old Hickory Golf Club @ Fort Jackson

We had another successful year. The rain passed us by and we were able to get all 18 holes in without any issue. As a benefit from this event the Carolina Midlands Post was able to provide a $1,000 scholarship to the SC National Guard which was presented at the Palmetto Club on Saturday, June 8th.  In addition, we are happy to award two additional scholarships of $1,000 each through the SAME scholarship program.


Columbia Metropolitan Airport Tour

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is a major economic engine for South Carolina’s Midlands region. As a self-sufficient entity, the airport doesn’t take any state and local tax dollars yet generates an estimated $847 million for the state of South Carolina. Over 40 businesses operate on the airport’s campus and create a combined total payroll of nearly $80 million. The airport has a commitment to the environment thru ECO. This includes:

  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport is a City of Columbia Certified Green Business

  • Projects are GreenSpec, Energy Star and International Energy Conservation Code certified

  • $60 million in CIP projects between 2010 – 2018

  • $300,000+ savings in annual energy costs

  • 14 MW of power on 5 acres of solar panels over the next five years 2015-2020

The tour was conducted by Mr. Frank Murray, Director of Planning & Facilities.


USC Center for Predictive Maintenance

The center is an interdisciplinary group spanning four departments and includes students at all levels of education along with faculty members and military personnel. The program combines research and implementation solutions to support the US Army Aviation program. The meeting was held at the USC Center for Predictive Maintenance and we led by MG Retired Lester D. Eisner, the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at USC.


Tour of the Observatory at SC State Museum

Tom Falvey, Director of Education at the SC State Museum gave the SAME Carolina Midlands Post a private tour. Tom has been a part of the museum since 1996 and a member of team for the 2014 expansion which included the planetarium, 4-D theater and observatory. He oversees the education programming at the museum and curated the Robert B. Ariail telescope collection.