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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. 

Welcome Rick Dwyer!

Lt. Col Gibb Little has passed the important torch to Rick Dwyer as the Peninsula's new President. Rick serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA). He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds master’s degreein construction engineering and management from Virginia Tech, and military operational art and science from Air University. A career Air Force officer, Rick served 20 years on active duty as a civil engineer and has served in a number of installation level, Red Horse (heavy construction unit), major command and Headquarters Air Force engineer positions. He commanded three civil engineer squadrons within the continental United States and in the Southwest Asia area of operations. As the Base Civil Engineer, Rick worked closely with surrounding communities on issues such as strategic planning, encroachment management and transportation issues. He has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, special operations throughout Southwest Asia, and Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. Prior to his retirement from military service in 2016, Mr. Dwyer most recently served on the Headquarters Air Combat Command and Installation and Mission Support Center staffs at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. 

Thank you Lt Col Little for your exceptional leadership this past year!!

2107 Top Posts/Region

We are proud to say the Mid-Atlantic region has been named Top Region again this year! Not bad considering there are 17 regions in SAME. We also earned streamers in the following categories:

  • Leadership and Mentoring (with distinction)
  • Relationships
  • Resilience (with distinction)
  • Professional Development/Personal Growth

 Without your contributions, this would not have been possible. THANK YOU for the time and energy you've put into SAME!  


Congratulations to our Student Scholarship winners!!

We received a record number of student applications in 2018, overall 18 applications compared to the previous high of 14 in 2015. The Virginia Peninsula Post gave a total of 8 student scholarships this year!! The scholarships range from $1,000 to the top winners in the category, to $500 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd place. 

Thank you to the Evaluation Team: (Col Rick Wheeler, USAF (Ret), Ms. Linda Tafazoli, Mr. Mike Mallozzi, Mr. John Ozmore, and Mr. David Lake), for volunteering your time to review all of the applications. And, Congratulations to all the scholarship winners!


Mr. Zach Sprinkle (VT)
Mr. Gillenhaal Beck (W&L)
Ms. Airiel Barrientos (VT)
Mr. Phillip Sowers (ODU)
Mr. Eldon Luk (UVA)
Mr. Patrick Danley (ODU)

Ms. Anna Soroka (W&L)
Mr. Ryan Bagalkotkar (Tabb HS)

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. The STEM E&C camps offered for 2018 are:

  • Exploring Engineering Academy, Atlanta, GA, 3 – 8 Jun 2018
  • U.S. Army E&C Camp, Vicksburg, MS, 10-16 Jun 2018

  • U.S. Marine E&C Camp, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC, 17 – 23 Jun 2018

  • U.S. Air Force E&C Camp, USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, 26 Jun – 2 Jul 2018

  • U.S. Air Force E&C Camp, Scott Air Force Base, IL, 23 – 28 Jul 2018

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission Program, USCG Academy, New London, CT, date TBD

  • 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.