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SAME Detroit Project Office Presentation & Tour

Date:    Wednesday June 26th, 2024

Time:   Sign in and Networking 11:30AM – 12:00PM

Presentation & Tour of the Detroit Project Office from 12:00PM -1:30PM, please join at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the presentation. There will be an optional tour of Historic Fort Wayne from 2:00-3:00PM with the City of Detroit.

Registration Deadline: Please RSVP using Eventbrite, by 9pm on Tuesday June 25th, 2024

Where: 6309 W. Jefferson, Bldg. 414, Detroit, MI 48209

Call or text Greg at 248-830-4823 if you have any issues finding it or if you are running late.

Cost: $20 Federal Employees/Students

           $40 SAME Members

           $50 non SAME members

$300 Corporate Sponsor: there is one sponsorship per event that can be purchased through Eventbrite. This allows the sponsor a 5 minute introduction to their company and services at the beginning of the presentation. Company brochures can also be provided to all attendees.

Presenter’s Biography:

Mr. Patrick A. Kuhne took the position as Operations Project Manager for the Detroit Project Office in 2021 after serving 9 years as the Detroit District Emergency Manager.  He is in his 34th year with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holding several positions with three different USACE Districts.

Patrick began his career with USACE as a GS-03 Student Engineer Trainee/Co-Op with the St. Louis District in 1991, at the age of 19.  After completing 4 years as a Co-Op he graduated in 1995 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Upon graduation he took a permanent position on the Intern Program, now known as the Recent Graduate Program, with the Galveston District. With the Galveston District Patrick completed his rotational program and was placed in the Geotechnical and Survey Section as design engineer. He later went on to positions as field Project Engineer and Engineering Manager supporting the District dredging program, including field oversight of the new construction of the deepening and widening of the Houston-Galveston Navigation Channel.  Patrick transferred to Detroit District in 2001 to a position in Contract Administration.

In his time with the Detroit District he held positions in Contract Administration, Project Management, Detroit Resident Office, and Emergency Management before becoming the Operations Project Manager (OPM) at the Detroit Project Office.  As the OPM he leads a 22-person team of operations, maintenance, financial, and administrative professionals in executing the Detroit District’s O&M mission in the Eastern Lower peninsula of Michigan. Responsibilities include directing tug boat and barge operations, navigation channel obstruction removal, breakwater maintenance, crane operations, maintenance at dredge material placement sites, harbor maintenance, building maintenance, survey vessel operations and maintenance, hydrographic and land surveying and data processing, and all the budgeting, purchasing, administration, and financial program management that supports these activities.

Additionally, Patrick is in his 25th year as a commissioned officer in the Unites States Navy, Civil Engineer Corps (Reserves). He has held multiple junior officer leadership positions at the tactical level with several Naval Mobile Construction Battalions and Naval Construction Regiments, the U.S. Navy SEABEES, including three active duty recalls for Operation Enduring Freedom to Kuwait and Afghanistan. Further, he has held senior engineer officer and staff level positions with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (Washington D.C.), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Camp Smith, HI) and U.S. Fleet Forces Command (Norfolk, VA).  He holds and serves at rank of Captain (O-6).

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from University of Missouri for Science and Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan, is facilities and contracting certified, and holds additional qualifications in expeditionary engineering and naval and joint operations.

Detroit Project Office History:

Fort Wayne, Detroit’s third fort, is named after General Anthony Wayne, whose victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1796 resulted in the United States occupation of the Northwest Territories. In 1840, the narrowest point in the Detroit River between Detroit and British Canada was being surveyed by the U.S. Army for a new artillery post. A five-point star fort was planned in order to achieve the capability of firing their most advanced cannon across to the Canadian shore, as well as targeting ships sailing the Detroit River.

Completed by 1850, the fort has served the City of Detroit through many eras, yet has never seen a shot fired in combat. The peaceful location became a primary induction center for Michigan troops entering battle in every U. S. conflict from the Civil War to Vietnam. During the Civil War, Fort Wayne served as a mustering post for Michigan’s volunteer regiments. During World War I, the fort housed troops, including construction battalions and an aero-squadron. During World War II, Fort Wayne became the Motor Supply Depot, a primary procurement location for the vehicles and weapons manufactured in Detroit during the war. The fort also housed prisoners of war from Italy as a temporary internment center. During the 1950s and the 1960s, Fort Wayne was one of the largest induction centers in the Midwest during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The Army base fulfilled other duties over the course of its 125-year use. It housed the Chaplin School for a few years. During the 1967 Uprising in Detroit, the fort became a haven for many families whose homes were burned; many lived at the fort until 1971.

Beginning in 1948, the Fort was given to the City of Detroit in parcels. Over the next 28 years, the City would come to own the entire complex with the exception of nine acres still occupied by the Army Corps of Engineers (WE ARE TOURING THESE 9 ACRES). The Detroit Historical Museum oversaw the Fort’s operation until 2006, when responsibility was transferred to the City of Detroit’s Recreation Department.

SAME Detroit Post Annual Golf Classic

All Proceeds go to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarships for Local Students

When: Thursday, July 25th, 2024
9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
(Rules meeting 8:45 a.m.)
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast: Coffee & doughnuts
Driving Range open prior to event – FREE

Where: Links of Novi Singh
50395 W 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48374

Format: Four-person Scramble

Price: $125 Government/Student
$150 Non-Government/Contractor
$40 Dinner Only
Includes: Green fee/cart, hotdog lunch, dinner and raffle tickets
-Mulligan team packages (4) available: $15 when you register online, or $20 at the door
-Team skins challenge, $20 cash entry at registration
-Skills competition (Longest drive/putt, closest to the pin) and other hole challenges available

Registration due by July 17, 2024

Register online through Eventbrite at


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