Academy of Fellows

The SAME Academy of Fellows recognizes those members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to the Society, military engineering, and the A/E/C profession. SAME has bestowed the title of Fellow on select members since 1972; however in 1995 an academy was founded to formally acknowledge these distinguished individuals for their dedication to SAME and the A/E/C profession. Today, there are more than 800 members of the Academy of Fellows.

Annual Fellows Events

Each year, the SAME Academy of Fellows sponsors and helps support a number of events including mentoring activity at the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, luncheons in connection with other SAME national events, and nominations for Fellow, Golden Eagle Awards, and the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award.

The Academy’s three major events—Golden Eagle Awards Dinner, Fellows Investiture Ceremony, and one of the AOF Luncheons (sometimes in conjunction with a Conclave)—are held together each March in the Washington, D.C. area as part of SAME Capital Week.

Golden Eagle Awards Dinner

This premier formal awards dinner recognizes two outstanding Americans: one, an SAME Fellow, for their contributions to the A/E/C profession; and the other, often a non-member, for their contributions to national security. The evening also includes a networking reception. 

Investiture Ceremony

The new Class of Fellows is invested into the Academy of Fellows each year during a ceremony preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. The ceremony includes presentation of the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award, which is given annually to an SAME Fellow for outstanding mentoring and support of the SAME mission.

AOF Luncheon 

This event serves as a means for Fellows to come together during major SAME National events to discuss issues and network. Current and new Fellows are welcome to attend, network, and hear presentations on topics of interest to the Academy of Fellows.  There is usually an RSVP option on event registrations for you to note your attendance.  The event is only open to Fellows.

Fellows Conclave

The conclave offers discussions and activities to challenge and inspire Fellows personally and professionally. SAME members who have achieved the distinction of Fellow represent the most dedicated and influential individuals in the Society. The conclave will offer the opportunity to work together to find ways that the Academy of Fellows can actively and effectively live the Fellows charge and pledge.


Fellows Awards Program

The SAME Academy of Fellows presents three awards each year—the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to National Security, the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to the A/E/C Profession, and the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award.

Golden Eagle Award

The Academy of Fellows will honor two outstanding Americans: an SAME Fellow for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession; and a prominent leader for significant contributions to national security. The Golden Eagle Dinner is a prestigious event where all members of the government and military engineering, construction and architecture industries are encouraged to attend. Golden Eagle Award nominations are handled through the Academy of Fellows leadership.

Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award

SAME created a Mentoring Award in 2005 to recognize Fellows for outstanding mentoring efforts. In 2009, the award was renamed the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award in honor of Brig. Gen. Gerald C. “Jed” Brown, USA (Ret.), who chaired the Working Group that formalized organizing the Fellows into an Academy in 1994 and served as the first chair in 1995.


Academy Leadership

Executive Committee

The Academy of Fellows is led by a chair and several vice chairs who ensure that the academy’s major events, awards and Fellows support to other SAME events and the Strategic Plan is carried out.

 Chair      Col. Raymond Willcocks, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret) 
Deputy Chair & Investiture
Richard "Rad" Delaney, AIA, LEED AP, F.SAME, Prime AE
Vice Chair for Fellows Nominations
Harold "Hal" Rosen, F.SAME, Law Office of Harold Rosen
Vice Chair for Mentoring
Mary Anderson, F.SAME, Schnabel Engineering
Vice Chair for Events
Amy D'Alonzo Basehoar, F.SAME, KOMAN Inc.
Vice Chair for Engagement
Vice Chair for Administration
Capt. James Donahue, P.E., F.SAME, USCG (Ret.)
SAME Executive Director
Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), SAME
SAME Staff Point of Contact   Kathy Off, CGMP, PMP, SAME

Each of SAME’s 17 regions has a Fellows Regional Point of Contact to ensure that Fellows throughout each region are kept abreast of happenings within the Academy of Fellows and to be able to solicit support for local, regional and national events.

California   John Accardi Jr., F.SAME, Weston Solutions Inc.
Carolinas   Capt. Walter L. "Len" Dillinger, P.E.,  F.SAME, USN (Ret.), South Carolina State Guard
Europe   Sandra J. Zettersten, AIA, RA, F.SAME, CH2M
Great Lakes   Harry R. Price, P.E., F.SAME, NTH Consultants Ltd.
Lower Mississippi   CUCM (SCW) Rodger Aitken, P.E.,  F.SAME, USNR (Ret.), PWD Mid-South
Mid-Atlantic   Capt. James H. "Jim" Donahue, P.E.,  F.SAME, USCG (Ret.)
Missouri River   David A. Packard, R.A., PMP, F.SAME, USACE
New England   Sheila Warren, F.SAME, Directional Technologies
North Atlantic   Eric D. Stahl, P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME, Weston Solutions Inc.
Northwest   Martin J. "Marty" Boivin, P.E., F.SAME, Shannon & Wilson Inc.
Ohio Valley   Timothy N. "Tim" Kyper, P.E., F.SAME, DiGioia, Gray & Associates, LLC
Pacific   Capt. William F. "Will" Boudra, P.E., F.SAME,  USN (Ret.), NAVFAC Pacific
Rocky Mountain
  Col Ronald A. Torgerson, P.E., CPMP, CHS-V, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
South Atlantic   Gwen Parker, F.SAME, The Parker Connection
South Central   Col. Donald J. "Don"  Blanchard, P.E.,  F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Chitra Productions
Southwest   Brig. Gen. Patrick A. "Pat"  Burns, P.E.,  F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
TEXOMA   Jim O'Brien, P.E., F.SAME, O'Brien Engineering Inc.

 Past Chairs of the Academy