The International Community of Interest's mission is threefold:

  • Provide an overseas venue for OCONUS members to stay active when a Post is not available
  • Synchronize SAME overseas activities and collaboration between OCONUS Post/Chapters
  • Assist the Combatant Commands with Public-Private synchronization to solve military engineering challenges

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COI Chair

COL Blair Schantz
PMP, CCM, USA (Ret.)

2020 Goals

  • Provide an overseas venue for OCONUS members to stay active when a local Post is not available
  • Synchronize SAME overseas activities and collaboration between OCONUS Posts
  • Assist the Combatant Commands with public-private synchronization to solve (and improve) military engineering challenges
  • 2019-2020 Special Goal: Maximize International CoI participation in and excitement for the SAME Centennial celebration in May 2020

Organization Structure

Chair: Blair Schantz
(406) 924-1722

Vice Chair: Chris Knutson, CEng, P.E., F.SAME

Secretary: Vacant

Programs Pacific: Brian Duffy
(907) 250-5068

Programs Europe: Vacant

Programs/Interagency NGO: Lauri Ruch
(321) 507-2219

Field Chapter Liaison: Vacant


Stay Engaged - Next Meeting


RESCHEDULED: Annual Business Meeting: Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 600 Honolulu / 0900 San Diego /1200 Washington DC / 1700 London / 1800 Berlin / ( 8 May) 0200 Tokyo 
Please join the International COI for the rescheduled annual meeting on 11 June. To participate use the regular meeting web link and call in numbers below.

We will not hold our regular program on June 4. 

International COI 2020 Action Plan

International COI 2020 Grant Request Guidance 


Virtual JETC International Education Opportunities

When: 27 May 2020 -  0900 - 1100 EDT

Program: The Art of Overseas Cost Engineering 

Abstract: Cost engineering is a key element in the delivery of successful projects.  This session looks at procedures to improve overseas cost engineering accuracy achieved with the use of best practices.  The session will provide examples of this approach that can be tailored for specific project bid development procedures for success.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the similarities and differences between CONUS and OCONUS cost estimating.
  • Identify specific challenges and solutions to achieving accuracy in OCONUS cost engineering.
  • Examine examples and best practices of successful overseas cost engineering efforts to improve your future cost engineering endeavours
  • Compare best practices to your current projects and past experiences to distinguish how to achieve higher cost accuracy on future projects.


Stephen Essig

David Rackmales

Join our regular monthly program, typically the first Thursday of each month at Noon EDT

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 615-248-749

Additional phone numbers:
Germany (Toll Free): 0 800 723 5274
Germany: +49 693 8098 999
Italy (Toll Free): 800 792289
Italy: +39 0 230 57 81 80
United Kingdom (Toll Free): 0 800 389 5276
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

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Dial in or type: or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 615 248 749
or dial directly: 615248749@ or

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