The Society of American Military Engineers is the only nonprofit professional engineering education organization that actively promotes the advancement of both individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services and private industry.

Our goal is to unite public and private sector entities and individuals in the A/E/C fields so that we can prepare for and overcome natural and man made disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad.

The Carolina Midlands Post accomplishes this goal locally by supporting monthly luncheon meetings and other professional/social activities attended by members of local government, military, private industry, students and other interested parties. These meetings are announced via our e-mail distribution list and quarterly newsletter. We are supported by the national Society of American Military Engineers and publications such as The Military Engineer, which also promotes the interests and goals of our society and its members. Please peruse our website to discover the benefits of SAME Carolina Midlands Post membership.


January Meeting

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.

February Meeting

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.

March Meeting

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.

April Meeting

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.

If you are interested in submitting an application for the 2020 SAME scholarship program, please follow this link for instructions and forms.  

May Meeting

Tour of the South Carolina Military Museum

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.

June Meeting

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.

July Meeting

We are honored to have the opportunity to meet with and hear about the life experiences of Lt Col Retired John A Means. Mr. Means, who just turned 100 years old in 2018, enlisted as an aviation cadet and spent much of World War II as an instructor in the Army Air Corps and is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 


Tuesday, July 9th
SC Military Museum 
1 National Guard Road
Columbia, SC 


Registration Process:

We are continuing to use Eventbrite for meeting registrations. The meeting cost will still be $15, which includes a box lunch. Please register IN ADVANCE through Eventbrite (prior to 5pm Thursday July 4th).