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The Society of American Military Engineers is the only nonprofit professional engineering education organization that actively promotes the advancement of both individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services and private industry.

Our goal is to unite public and private sector entities and individuals in the A/E/C fields so that we can prepare for and overcome natural and man made disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad.

The Blue Ridge Post accomplishes this goal locally by supporting monthly luncheon meetings and other professional/social activities attended by members of local government, military, private industry, students and other interested parties. These meetings are announced via our e-mail distribution list and 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. Please peruse our website to discover the benefits of SAME Blue Ridge Post membership.


Join us for guest speaker
Karen Durham-Aguilera, P.E., SES, Executive Director at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery: Acting Today for a 150-year Tomorrow

Will the Nation's premier military cemetery close? Home of over 400,000 veterans from every conflict and nearly 30 burials a day, ANC may close in less than 40 years. Learn the engineering challenges to design expansions and the Army's plans to revise eligibility burial criteria to assure ANC a future. Discussion will also include:

  • Readiness and resilience of people to deliver the mission

  • Modernization of infrastructure to achieve resilience for now and the future

  • Current & future projects at ANC

Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, SES, is the Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery, serving as the Principal Advisor to the Secretary of the Army on all matters related to Army cemeteries. Ms. Durham-Aguilera administers and oversees policies; doctrine, plans and standards with all stakeholders to include the Army staff, major commands, and the other services. She also manages a $70.8M annual budget as well as $130M in existing major constructions and expansions, and the planning for a new $350M expansion. Ms. Durham-Aguilera has received the Secretary of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, and the American Society of Civil Engineers 2016 Government Civil Engineer of the Year award. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Louisville, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

We expect a large turnout and seating is limited so book your reservations today!

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Same luncheon dates for the remainder of the calendar year:

April 17
June 19
Sept 11
Nov 13

Reminder: Blue Ridge Post Event attendance is made by reservation only.Walk-in tickets will be charged an additional $10; note, however, that we cannot guarantee walk-in seating. Because we must place a guarantee with our vendor, we are unable to offer refunds but thank you for your donation to the Post.