Enlisted Community

Enlisted COI

Community Mission

The mission of the Enlisted Community of Interest is to promote professional development for the Total Force enlisted community, oversee the integration of enlisted members throughout the spectrum of SAME operations; advocate and engage enlisted support of SAME’s Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition, and provide value added to enlisted members; mentor enlisted members, and voice & address concerns of enlisted service members.


The Enlisted COI is always looking for more enlisted members to get engaged. If you have interest in learning more about this community of interest and ways you can get involves, including filling one of the open leadership positions, contact 1st Sgt. Shane Payne, USA, Enlisted COI Chair.

Benefits of Joining SAME

SAME offers a wide selection of benefits to enlisted servicemembers. From training to networking to credentialing and testing reimbursement, SAME ensures enlisted members can make an impact in the A/E/C industry both while in uniform and after transitioning. The mentoring and camaraderie created through the Enlisted Community of Interest can help you support your professional career. 

Learn more about SAME membership and join today.

Community Leaders

Community Chair

1st Sgt. Shane Payne, USA

Community Structure

Vice ChairMaster Sgt. Bradley Wilson, USAF

Secretary: VACANT (Ensures meeting agendas, action items, and discussions are properly recorded and promoted to the leadership team and membership.)

Vice Chair of Communications: Senior Master Sgt. Adam Brady, USAF

Vice Chair of Professional Development: VACANT (Identifies opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the professional development of current service members and transitioning veterans into the AEC industry.)

Immediate Past Chair: Master Sgt. Amanda Jones, USAF (Ret.)

COI Mentor: Senior Master Sgt. James Wirshing, USAF (Ret.)

COI Liaisons

STEM LiaisonMaster Sgt. Eric Tucker, USAF and Tech Sgt. Delray Moore, USAF
Represent the Enlisted COI on the K12 Outreach and Camps COIs

Young Professionals Liaison: Mitch Sisco, VTANG

Leader Development LiaisonChief Master Sgt. Philip McAlpin Jr., USAF, represents the Enlisted COI on the Leader Development COI

Navy Liaison POC: Joel Turnham

Service-Branch Liaisons

Liaisons act as representatives for each individual service branch and provide direct outreach to all enlisted members respective to each branch. Liaisons serve as the primary POC for service-related enlisted issues and work to enhance communication between the COI and service specific personnel. If you are interested in serving in these positions, contact 1st Sgt. Shane Payne, USA, COI Chair.

Guard/Reserve Liaison1SG Class Tyler Jackson, ARNG

Army Liaison: VACANT

Navy Liaison: VACANT

Marine LiaisonMaster Sgt. Garey Tucker, USMC

Air Force LiaisonTech Sgt. Kelvin Rodriguez, USAF

Coast Guard LiaisonMachinery Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer John Wright, USCG


2023 JETC Stipends

A limited number of stipends to attend the 2023 Joint Engineer Training Conference and Expo (JETC) will be awarded to active SAME young professionals and enlisted members who have demonstrated support of SAME at the Post or National level and who might not otherwise be able to attend. The stipends will provide complimentary registration, travel (up to $500 CONUS and up to $1500 OCONUS) and a hotel stay of up to four nights. Recipients will be accepted based on: SAME participation; professional development; and accomplishments and deployments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Industry or Government/Military
  • Young Professional who is 39 or under at the time of 2023 JETC
  • Member of SAME for at least 18 months at time of application
  • Active member of a SAME Post, Field Chapter or National Community of Interest for the past year (as reflected in the nomination form)
  • A letter of endorsement from the Post or Field Chapter President or COI Chair supporting the award of a stipend
  • Completion of the online application form, which includes a short summary of SAME Participation; Professional Development; and Accomplishments and Deployments

Application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

View the application form to apply

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