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Rick Dwyer

Deputy Executive Director of Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA)


The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) brings together professional engineers and those in engineering related fields; To improve and increase the engineering capabilities of the nation; To exchange and advance the knowledge of engineering technologies and practices.


SAME is a nonprofit professional engineer association headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with chapters worldwide. 


Founded in 1920 to engage military and federal government engineers with those in private life for the purpose of improving the engineering potential of the United States.  


The Virginia Peninsula Post accomplishes this goal locally by having monthly luncheon meetings and other social activities attended by members of local government, military, private industry, students and other interested parties. Our members receive announcements via e-mail and our 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. 

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12/15/2018 8:00 AM 12/15/2018 11:00 AM Fisher House Breakfast
12/17/2018 10:00 AM 12/17/2018 12:00 PM Bush Tour
5/7/2019 1:00 PM 5/9/2019 1:30 PM SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference


Please join us for a special tour of the USS George H. W. Bush, the US Navy’s tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier! For questions or to RSVP, please contact Ms. Amelia DaCruz at (757) 376-8606, or at amelialynndacruz@gmail.com. We will be meeting at the Norfolk Naval Station Pier 12, at 10:00 am.

Please meet at the Gate 2 Pass Office at 09:20 to ensure all can get to parking area.  Go thru Gate 2 -park in lot outside of Pier 12, you must walk thru turn style to Pier 12. If turn-style directly in front of Pier 12 is not open go left to next turn-style then make your way to Pier 12.  Escort will be waiting promptly at 10:00 am.

STEM Engineering & Construction Camps

SAME, in collaboration with the military services, offers a series of week long, STEM Engineering & Construction (E&C) Camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or related fields in college. Each camp has a unique curriculum, with the common threads being: challenging environment, all activities are hands-on, young engineer mentors assigned to the teams and providing long term resources for alumni. 

You can find more information about the camps and the application process at http://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS or contact the VPP Summer Camp POC, Ms. Christy Gardner at christy.gardner.4@us.af.mil or 757-764-9416.

November Program

Thank you, Kevin Page (Executive Director of the HR Transportation Accountability Commission) for speaking with us about the HRTAC Update! Kevin is a multimodal transportation leader experienced in public contracted highway, transit, and rail construction and operations with success in proposing and implementing realistic short and long‐range plans and executing initiatives in order to effectuate positive change.

Kevin explained how the Commission has successfully planned for, financed, and advanced to $1.4 billion construction in Hampton Roads Region which has funded interstate highway expansion projects with VDOT that set an unprecedented fast pace to deliver its first project by December 2017 followed by the completion of over $5.0 billion in road, bridge, and tunnel projects by 2040. 

October Program


Phil Kresge discussed how Previous Concrete Pavement can be one of the best solutions for reducing storm-water runoff, as well as one of the most recommended non-manufactured BMPs available today. He talked about what pervious concrete pavement is, its engineering properties, its construction techniques, specification guidance, acceptance testing, and maintenance & operations guides. As Senior Vice President of NRMCA’s Local Paving Division, Phil works with state, regional and local promotion partners to help deliver concrete parking and street paving projects by supporting promotion, design and construction activities. He continues to work closely with the US EPA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), as well as numerous commercial accounts and their consultants. Phil is well-versed in design and construction of conventional concrete pavement, pervious concrete, roller-compacted concrete and concrete overlays of existing asphalt pavement. 

Let's work together!

We have several vacant chair and co-chair positions available. So grab your friend and help us fill the Readiness, Individual and Sustaining Members, and Youth Program Chair. You'll meet wonderful people and help spread the SAME mission. Rick Dwyer has all the information and can get you started today!

VMI Student Chapter

We had a tremendous turn out at VMI's Student Chapter meeting!! It was very informative and 62 cadets are interested in learning more about SAME and what we offer. During our SAME meeting with the students, Jamie Weist, PE (with Kimley-Horn and VMI alum) discussed the benefits of SAME to the students, helped them register for SAME, and elected their officers. This meeting, they had officers from each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force) give presentations on what it means to be an officer and engineer. Following the presentations, they enjoyed pizza and networking with the cadets.


September Program


RADM Ann Phillips, USN (Ret) spoke to us about sea level rise and its impact on military installations in Hampton Roads. Admiral Phillips has extensive experience while on active duty and since retiring from the Navy on the impacts of sea level rise. She also chaired the Infrastructure Working Group for the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project convened by ODU. Mr. Travis Willer, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron Community Planner, also gave a presentation on what Langley AFB is doing to mitigate the impacts of flooding on base.