The International Community of Interest's mission is threefold:

    • Connect:  Provide a virtual Post for Members to network and remain active in the Society while working overseas
    • Inform:  Facilitate delivery of information and interchange on A/E/C issues of concern to project professionals working at OCONUS locations
    • Collaborate:  Assist Combatant Commands and Regions with Industry-Government Engagement to solve military engineering challenges

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Community Chair

Lt Col Chris Knutson, CEng, PE, PgMP, PMP, F.SAME
USAF (Ret.)

2020-21 Goals

  • Re-tool monthly Virtual Post Meetings to support International Member continuing professional development and information needs
  • Synchronize the CoI’s activities with Europe and Pacific Region VP’s to support OCONUS Posts and Field Chapters
  • Actively develop GE plan of action in collaboration with USACE, NAVFAC, and Regional VPs

Organization Structure

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

Communications/Marketing: Vacant

Indo-Pacific Vice Chair: Brian Duffy
(907) 250-5068

Europe Vice Chair: Charysse Knotts  +49 (611) 94912323

Programs/Interagency NGOLauri Ruch
(321) 507-2219

Field Chapter Liaison: Andra Clapsaddle, PMP, F.SAME

Young Professionals Liaison: CPT Matt Scrivner, P.E.

Grants & Sustaining Member OutreachBlair Schantz
(406) 924-1722


Education Opportunities

Master Class: Programming MILCONs and FSRM Projects for Success (Part II)

Thursday, August 5 | 1700 London / 1800 Berlin / 1200 Washington, DC / 0600 Honolulu / 2000 Doha / 0200 Tokyo


In order to properly execute a master plan on a military installation, the projects must go through a long and sometimes misunderstood validation process. This process is governed by laws and regulations, making the process confusing and sometimes seem contradictory. Every year Congress allocates billions of dollars to the sustainment, operations and maintenance, and new construction for military bases around the world. This process is exercised through the annual National Defense Authorization Act and allows for the Secretaries of the Armed Services to plan and program everything from roads and schools to runways and munitions depots. This is part two of this program on successful execution of the master plans on military installations. This session is intended to help both government and industry planners and programmers with their programming skills, ensuring that the military services achieve higher quality and less drama during the review and ultimately appropriation process. We will dig into the details of how to assemble a DD 1391.

Learning Objectives
An understanding of the major rules and laws that govern the authorization and appropriation of Military Construction (MILCON) projects.
The importance of defining the requirements in a master plan and how that allows or prohibits a plan from being executable over the life cycle of the plan.
A look at the major elements of the DD Form 1391 and how to prepare the document to ensure the maximum potential for success through the approval and execution of the project. We will review the process for gaining approval of a DD Form 1391 from the development of the documentation to the Nation Defense Authorization Act.

Josh Rose PE, Director, Program Manager, Military Engineering Services, Michael Baker
Laura Lavelle, AIA, LEED AP, CDT. Senior Consultant, Jacobs

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Stay Engaged - Upcoming Meetings & Events

International Community of Interest Upcoming 2021 Virtual Post Meetings/Programs

2021 Upcoming Programs!

05 August 2021 - Master Class: Programming MILCONs and FSRM Projects for Success (Part II) 

02 Sept 2021 - Panel Session: Making OCONUS MILCON Net or Near Zero

12 Oct 2021 - Dept of State Overseas Business Operations Industry Road Show

11 Nov 2021 - Veterans Day Special Lecture - American Battle Monuments Commission

17-19 Nov 2021 - Small Business Conference

9 Dec 2021 - Value Engineering and Independent Government Estimate