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.

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.



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 conducted 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 include 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).

This will be an excellent event from both a Business and Marketing perspective. The Aiken area also has a lot of potential new opportunities (SRS, USCA, Aiken Technical College, Ft Gordon, ETC).


University of South Carolina-Aiken Campus
Business & Education Conference Center, Room 122
471 University Parkway
Aiken SC 29801


We are continuing to use Eventbrite for meeting registrations.
Meeting cost is $20 in advance; Students. & Active/Retired Military cost is $15
IMPORTANT: Please register by Friday, August 9th @ 9:00am.



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.

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


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.