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Meetings

September

Developing Communities of Veterans within Companies and Professional Organizations

This presentation also qualifies for one (1) hour of CEU for Professional Development. 

Objectives:
  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.

Major General Les Eisner will also be in attendance. Major General 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.

MEETING LOCATION:

South Carolina Military Museum
1 National Guard Road
Columbia, SC 29201
(located across from Williams Brice Stadium and behind the Columbia Armory)
11:30am - 1:00pm

After lunch, you are welcome to tour the SC Military Muesum on your own.
Located in the capital city of Columbia, the South Carolina Military Museum is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. It's 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.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

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.

Eventbrite.com

 


August

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).

July 

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.

June 

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.

May 

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.

April 

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.  

March 

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.

February 

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.

January 

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.