“To lead collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges.”
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“We are establishing at this time a Society of American Military Engineers. This society will serve no selfish purpose. It is dedicated to patriotism and national security. Its objects are, in brief, to promote solidarity and co-operation 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.”
–The Military Engineer magazine, January 1920
With these words, published just 13 months after the end of World War I, SAME was established. While the organization has grown and evolved over the last 95 years, its purpose has not changed. SAME is the premier engineering association in the United States bringing together public and private sector professionals to build connections, share lessons learned, and develop solutions to strengthen our national security.
As a young organization, SAME grew from our nation's experiences in “The War to End All Wars” when more than 11,000 civilian engineers were called to duty. Upon their return home, many feared the collective knowledge and the cooperation between the public and private sectors that proved vital to combat success would be lost. Industry and military leaders vowed to capitalize on the technical lessons and camaraderie shared during their battlefield experiences.
Be it known to all by these presents:
The members of The Society of American Military Engineers residing in and near Rocky Mountain Region having associated themselves in the formation of a local unit of the Society, and having applied for charter under the style and title above indicated; Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority reposed in us by the Constitution of The Society of American Military Engineers we have this day granted to the said Pikes Peak Post this Charter of Incorporation as witness our signatures and Seal hereto affixed.
It shall be the purpose of this Post to promote the aims of The Society of American Military Engineers and the interests of the National Defense, by fostering closer personal relations between the members of our Society, by stimulating the interest of the profession in engineering preparedness, both personal and material, for the defense of our country, by the dissemination of engineering information bearing on defense, and by maintaining the high standard and traditions of the profession of military engineering.
This unit and its members shall observe all the duties and requirements and enjoy all the rights and privileges which are now or may hereafter be demanded or accorded by the provisions of the Constitution of the Society, and by the laws of the United States. This Charter shall be perpetual.
Given at Washington, D.C. this 7th day of November, 1942.
THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MILITARY ENGINEERS
Signed by the President and Secretary