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The Society of American Military Engineers is now 100. Founded in 1920, in the interests of patriotism and national security, the organization has never wavered from a vow to support the needs of the United States and strengthen the profession of engineering. As was stated in the inaugural issue of The Military Engineer a century ago: “this Society will serve no selfish purpose.”

The genesis of SAME was born from the lessons of World War I, and the realization of those who went “over there” that the engineering community was unprepared for what was confronted. That prescient leadership would prove invaluable, as “The War to End All Wars” was anything but.

Never again would America face an enemy for whom it was not ready. SAME would exist to enable three core tenets: promote solidarity and co-operation between engineers in civil and military life; disseminate technical knowledge bearing upon progress in the art of war and the application of engineering science thereto; and preserve and maintain the best standards and traditions of the profession.

It was the commitment to developing relationships between industry and government (and the technical collaboration it would bear) that made the Society unique at a time of great proliferation for many other discipline-specific professional societies.

Today, as we begin our second century, our mission of building leaders and leading collaboration among government and industry to develop multi-disciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges indeed echoes the motivations of SAME’s founders, who, very clearly valuing diversity of thought and the benefits of welcoming many perspectives, proclaimed 100 years ago that “eligibility qualifications for membership in this Society are drawn on the broadest possible lines, consistent with the achievement of its aims.”

SAME is vital and enduring. And after 100 years, our role has never been more clear. Let’s help secure America’s future, together.


UPCOMING EVENTS

SAME BRP March Webinar:

Lebanon Port Assessment

Date and Time coming soon!

Topic: Lebanon Port Assessment

Synopsis: On 04 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut, located in the capital of Lebanon, exploded. The Lebanese Armed Forces Navy (LAF-N) Beirut Naval Base (BNB), located just a half a mile east of the explosion epicenter, suffered greatly from the explosion with loss of life and extensive property damage. The Lebanese government approached the US Embassy Lebanon and the Office of Defense Cooperation - Lebanon (ODC-L) to request the assistance of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with assessing damage from the explosion and to help perform long term planning for Beirut Naval Base. COVID-19 postponed other site visits in Lebanon that CETAM had planned, so it was decided to add two (2) more weeks to the trip and assess both Aqoura National Training & Operational Center (ANTOC) and Hamat Air Base (HAB). The team received the official request 02SEP20 and were boots on ground 24SEP20. This left three weeks to plan to get into country but also plan the assessments. How was this done? What are the lessons learned that can be taken from this experience? 

Speakers: Daniel F. Terbilcox

Daniel F. Terbilcox has been a Project Manager with Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Middle East District (CETAM) for the last two years. Before CETAM he spent two years with Corps of Engineers North Western Omaha District (CENWO). During his time as Project Manager he has worked with DOD agencies across the globe as well as Foreign Military Sales (FMS) projects.  Additionally he is US Army Reserve Engineer staff Officer with the IMA Program at Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division (CETAD). Before his career at USACE, he served as an Active Duty Army Engineer officer for 10 years with deployments to OIF and OEF. He holds a masters from Missouri School of Science & Technology (MS&T) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 

 

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