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SAME Newsletter

Summer Newsletter
July 2015
In This Issue

Warriors in Transition Networking Forum
April 27
Manhattan, KS 
Joint Luncheon with KSPE/MSPE/SAME
April 28
Manny's Restaurant, KCMO

GKC Post Young Members & Mentoring Social
May 27
Cellar and Loft, KCMO

Dear Greater Kansas City Post Members,


The Post has experienced a great 2nd quarter and we are on track to have an outstanding 2015. This past quarter flew by with many activities and events including the always exceptional Industry Day in early April, three monthly luncheons, the Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Panel, a new Fellows lunch, attendance at the National Joint Education and Training Conference in Houston, and the Young Members & Fellows Social at Cellar and Loft!

SAME National during this quarter bestowed Distinguished Student Chapter Status on both of our Student Chapters at UMKC and KSTATE! Both of the student chapters displayed outstanding leadership and service to their universities and the community. Thanks to Jason Sweet and Vince Zinck for their outstanding mentorship.

Other happenings around the Post included Professional Credentialing support for students at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) with stipends of $500 towards the cost of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Nine students took advantage of the program with potential for additional participants during the new CGSC class year this fall. This program is open to all members and I hope to see additional individual and young members participate.

A significant step forward by the Post occurred at the June Endowment Board Meeting with a Board vote establishing a Planned Gift Fund within the Post Endowment that allows for donations by individuals and companies into named gifts. The donor will chose the type of gift (award, prize, grant, scholarship, etc) and the qualifying criteria for distribution. Additionally, the donor makes recommendations regarding its operation and distributions through a written agreement in accordance with the Merrill Watt Education and Mentoring Investment Policy criteria. To lead off the named gift effort the Post will set-up its own named gift at the next Endowment Board meeting scheduled for later this quarter. Thanks to SAME Fellows Merrill Watt and Matt Metcalf, and our Vice President Melissa Kelly for assisting with changes to the GKC Post Investment Policy authorizing the Planned Gift Fund!

Upcoming Post events for the remainder of 2015 include Warrior Transition Panels at Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth, CGSC Engineer Social, the Vice President's Dinner, the Annual Sporting Clays Challenge and the Small Business Workshop. Please continue to review our weekly e-blasts (Upcoming Events) and the Post website for information on future activities, events and initiatives. As always thanks to Deb English and the Communications Committee on the outstanding effort in publishing the newsletter and weekly eblasts! 
Enjoy this photo of the SAME Regional Presidents at JETC!  

  SAME Regional Presidents at JETC

Very Respectfully,

Al Osborne  

Post President

Greater Kansas City Post SAME

Annual Sponsors for 2014
Annual Sponsors
Affinis Corp
Burns & McDonnell 
Cabrera Services
Ecology and Environment
Insight Environmental
JE Dunn Construction
The Louis Berger Group Inc.
Poole Fire Protection
Sevenson Environmental Services
SM Wilson
Tetra Tech
TREKK Design Group
Yaeger Architecture




23 July 2015, 5:00-8:00 PM,  Engineers Social for Command and General Staff College Class 2016, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

CGSC students and SAME GKC post members are invited to come and welcome new Engineer Officers to the Kansas City area, meet new people, enjoy good food and have fun! For additional information see the flyer


August 20, SAME Luncheon, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Topic/Speakers TBD, Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri


Feature Articles

Leading the Way in Warrior Transition

by  Tony Hofmann 


The Greater Kansas City Post Warrior Transition Committee continues to make significant progress assisting military members in transition. Led by the efforts of Jackie Hacker and exceptional panel participation. With full support from Post President Al Osborne, Post Leadership and Sustaining Members-Warriors in transition continue to benefit as they prepare to depart the military.


The Committee has been primarily focused on integration with Army leadership at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, with an eye to expand to other installations in the future. Following successful Warrior Transition Seminars at both installations in 2014, our Post has developed even closer relationships with leaders at both locations. Likewise, the Committee has taken lessons learned from each seminar and refined our approach to provide the most benefit to transitioning Warriors.


Our most recent seminar was held on April 27th at Fort Riley, Kansas. Participating panel members Scott Fehnel (HNTB), Chris Raider (Burns and McDonnell), Tony Cady (US Army Corps of Engineers), Reed Brown (US Army Corps of Engineers), Matt Metcalf (Tepa), Al Osborne (Ascentra Group), Joe Lykins (Simplex Grinnell), and Art DeGroat (Kansas State University) were exceptional. Jason Sweet (Stantec) coordinated with the Kansas State University Post Student Chapter for full participation. Committee members Jackie Hacker (HNTB) and Tony Hofmann (City of Overland Park, Kansas) assisted the panel, with Jackie providing her routine superb coordination to ensure success.




Approximately 80 transitioning Warriors, along with some spouses, attended this 3+ hour seminar at the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters. All attendees were very engaged and an important dialogue took place, meeting our Committee goal of assisting these Warriors in understanding the various aspects of military transition as well as gaining a valuable networking opportunity. Comments received from attendees were all extremely positive.


This session proved valuable for the GKC Post as we move forward. Fort Riley leaders had the opportunity to view the Committee's model and interactive panel first-hand. Following a series of meetings with installation decision-makers, Fort Riley will now integrate the GKC Post Warrior Transition Panels into their overall transition program on a quarterly basis. This is a large and unusual step for a military installation! The next panel will be August 25th, with follow-on quarterly sessions starting in November. Likewise, our next panel at Fort Leavenworth is scheduled for August 27th. Given the different military population there, our goal for hosting panels will be once or twice per year.


The GKC Post model and ability to deliver has gained notoriety with SAME National. The Committee is working with our Post President and there appears to be an opportunity to educate other SAME Posts as to how we have shown the propensity to assist transitioning Warriors. Brigadier General Eric Wesley, Deputy Commanding General for Support at Fort Riley (the Commanding General is currently deployed), sent a letter to our Post President praising our efforts. This included the following statement: "The panel composition of military veterans who have made the transition greatly benefited our transitioning Soldiers, providing credibility to the process. We appreciate everyone's time and effort in this vitally important mission to assist our most precious asset-our Soldiers and their Families."


The Warrior Transition Committee thanks all participants in making this a continued success. We will continue to refine each session, matching the content to the transitioning population while working with installation leadership-all to assist the transitioning Warrior!



Ecology & Environment 
News from the Post

Young Members Social May 27

by Bryanna Aldridge


This year's Young Member Social took place on May 27th from 6pm to 8pm at the Cellar and Loft in Kansas City, Missouri. This rustic, dimly lit cellar with exposed brick, metal support beams, and weathered wood provided a comfortable atmosphere for Young Members to mingle and meet with Fellows. New ideas and long-standing advice were exchanged over wine, beer, appetizers, and all the pizza you could eat, crafted by a former New Yorker chef! Rumor has it, our order was so large, the pizza oven called it quits after the event! With 18 people attending this year, we foresee ambitious Young Member involvement within the Post, and we expect to see that number rise in the coming years!





GKC Post's Seventh Annual Industry Day March 30-31 

by Melissa Kelley


The Greater Kansas City Post returned to UMKC's beautiful Student Union on March 30th and 31st for our 7th annual Industry Day. The event was exceptionally well attended with over 300 registrations representing dozens of companies, firms, and federal agencies. With over 20 students from K-State and UMKC in attendance, our two student posts were well represented. The event also included exhibit space for firms to network and discuss their capabilities.


The event kicked off with an extremely well attended social event in the exhibit hall on Monday night. We had a special guest for the evening social. Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, PE, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), the newly installed SAME Executive Director joined the social and kicked off the day on Tuesday with opening remarks about his vision for the Society. The technical programs included a variety of topics that were exceptionally well attended - many of the sessions were standing room only!


The afternoon sessions included Federal Program briefings from the following US Army Corps of Engineers Districts: Little Rock, Kansas City, Omaha, and Tulsa. In the evening, attendees enjoyed delicious food, beverage, and great conversation at Tomfooleries on the Country Club Plaza. 


Following the event, the Kansas City District hosted their 'One-on-One' meetings on Wednesday, April 1st at the Bolling Federal Building. The meetings included the Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District Contracting Officers and Program Managers from each of the district's three program areas: Military, Civil Works, and Environmental as well as representatives other Federal agencies.






Save-a-Warrior June 18 Luncheon

by Al Osborne 

Many of you were present for our June monthly luncheon and the presentation by Adam Magers, Project Director of Kansas City's Save-a-Warrior Office, an organization that assists former and current warriors fighting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many who have been involved in war say that PTSD is as bad as or perhaps worse than war itself. Severe stress, anxiety, paranoia, and irritability can be overwhelming. The Save-a-Warrior approach provides a week-long "war detox" for participants using evidence-based methods that are proven to heal the invisible wounds of war.




The organization has significant needs and is planning to build a retreat facility in the area and is currently looking at properties.  The GKC Post membership is assisting them with site evaluations, headed up by Kile Morrison. Save-a-Warrior's mission aligns with that of SAME in regards to Warrior Transition Programs and the Post intends to support their efforts in the future.   


Events In Review

GKC Post April Luncheon

April 28, Manny's Mexican Restaurant, Kansas City, MO

Topic: Campus Trails Project (Former Bannister Mall Site)

Speakers:  Nick Christopher (Gould Evans) and Sassan & Katereh Mahobian (SK Design Group)


GKC Post May Luncheon 

May 28, Grand Street Café, Kansas City, MO

Topic: The Past, Present & Future of the Clean Water Act

Presenter: Brian Donahue, Regulatory Project Manager, USACE Regulatory Branch


GKC Post June Luncheon

June 18, Grand Street Café, Kansas City, Missouri

Topic: Save-a-Warrior

Speaker: Adam Magers, Project Director Save-a-Warrior


GKC Post July Luncheon

July 16, Grand Street Café, Kansas City, Missouri 

Topic: Downtown Streetcar, Kansas City's Smart Corridor

Speakers: Ralph Davis, P.E., Deputy Director, KC Public Works Department           Mark Montgomery, P.E., Assistant City Engineer             



SM Wilson

New Members - GKC Post 

April - June 2015

Sustaining Memberships


Steve Jensen, Wilson & Company, Inc.

Melissa Jones, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

Brian Aldrich, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

Mark Cogley, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

Joey Foster, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

Mark Mazzoni, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

James Rodenberg, BlueScope Construction, Inc.

Lalit Jha, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Daniel Fricke, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Steve Wolf, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Eric Obert, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Jeffrey Serafin, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Joseph Sather, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

Michael Williams, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Danielle Gibson, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Donna Brown, CoverSix Shelters, a division of RedGuard

Amanda DeVriese-Sebilla, Tehama, LLC

Laura Poole, Poole Fire Protection, Inc.

Individual Memberships


Derrick Reuschlein

1LT Marshall Jarrett

James Rose

Paul Flynn

Joshua Frank


In Every Issue...

TME Editorial Calendar


The editorial calendar for The Military Engineer (TME) can be found here. Each issue has a main theme and a special report. Deadlines for content also are included.

Yaeger Architecture 

Treasurer's Report:  For May-June 2015



Total Income: $   2072.85
Total Expenses: $   117,753.80*
Net Income: $  (115,680.95)

  *$100,000 transferred to Endowment's Planned Gift Fund            





Al Osborne

President ('15)

Ascentra Group

Melissa Kelley

Vice President ('15)

Henderson Engineers

Amy McCurdy

Secretary ('15-'16)

McCurdy Engineers

Matt Turner

Treasurer ('15-'16)

Yaeger Architecture

Ann Ewy

Immediate Past President ('14)


LTC Kevin Casey

Director ('13-'15)

US Army

Kim Pemberton

Director ('13-'15)

TREKK Design Group 

Bill Yord 

Director ('13-'15)

RIC Infrastructure

Jason Davis

Director ('14-'16)

Affinis Corp 

Jason Sweet

Director ('14-'16)


Hillary Weber

Director ('15-'16)

Insight Environmental

Tim Kurgan

Director ('15-'17)


Scott Opie

Director ('15-'17)

Hanson Professional Services

Scott Perkins

Director ('15-'17)

Survey & Mapping LLC



Annual Sponsorship

Amy McCurdy

Architectural Practices

Christina Przygoda


Mark Loes


Scott Perkins


Deborah English

Council of Fellows

Jerry Adams

Education & Mentoring

LTC Kevin Casey

E&M - Scholarships

Bill Yord

E&M - K-12 Outreach

Hilary Weber

E&M - Credentialing

Andy Mashek

College Outreach - KSU

Jason Sweet

College Outreach - UMKC

Vince Zink

Emergency Readiness

Robert Crain


Matt Metcalf

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

Rich McCollum


Jackie Hacker


Chris Prinslow


Kile Morrison

Small Business

Amy McCurdy

Strategic Planning

Melissa Kelly

Warrior Transition

Tony Hoffmann

Young Members

Kyle Anibas

Fort Riley Field Chapter

Rex Ostrander

Whiteman AFB Field Chapter

Christopher Prinslow

Senior Advisor

John Brake COL (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Merrill Watt

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Sustaining Members

5H Technologies · A Better Earth · Advanced Drainage Systems · AECOM · Affinis Corp. · Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc. · AMEC Foster Wheeler · American Legacy/Rand Construction · ARCADIS U.S., Inc. · Argus Consulting · Arrowhead Contracting, Inc. · Barr Engineering Co. · Battelle · Bay West, LLC · Bechtel National, Inc. · Bhate Environmental  Associates, Inc. · Bibb Engineers  · Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. · BlueScope Construction, Inc. · Burns & McDonnell · Cabrera Services, Inc. · CAPE · CB&I Federal Services, LLC · CDM Smith · CH2MHILL · Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. · Conti Federal Services, Inc. · CoverSix Shelters, a Division of RedGuard · CTI and Associates, Inc. · Cyntergy AEC · DLR Group · EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. · Eaton Corporation · ECC · Ecology & Environment, Inc. · EMR, Inc. · Environmental Quality Management, Inc. · GLMV Architecture, Inc. · Hanson Professional Service, Inc. · HDR · Health Facilities Group, LLC  · HNTB ·  HydroGeoLogic Inc. · Infinite Energy Construction · JE Dunn Construction · Kleinfelder · Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. · Leidos · LEO A DALY · Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) · LRS Federal, LLC · Mark One Electric Co., Inc. · Mason & Hanger · Massman Construction Co. · McTech Corporation · M.E. Group, Inc. · Mead & Hunt, Inc. · Midland Surveying, Inc. · O'Brien & Gere · Olsson Assoicates · Paragon Business Solutions, Inc. · Patti Banks Associates dba Vireo · Poole Fire Protection, Inc. · Professional Environmental Engineers Inc. · Professional Services Industries, Inc. · Remediation Services, Inc. · RLC, LLC, dba Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting · RVP · S.M. Wilson & Co ·  SCS Engineers · SEH ·  Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. · Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. · Siemens Industries, Inc. · Spur Design, LLC · Stanley Consultants Inc. · Stantec Consulting · Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. · Strategic Value Solutions, Inc. · Surveying and Mapping, LLC · Taliaferro & Browne, Inc. · Tehama, LLC · Tepa, LLC · Terracon Consultants, Inc. · TerranearPMC, LLC · Tetra Tech, Inc. · The Louis Berger Group, Inc. · The Walsh Group  · Tidewater, Inc. · Tompkins Architects · TREKK Design Group · Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing · TSI Engineering, Inc. · Tunista Construction, LLC · United Excel Corporation · URS Corporation · Vireo · Wilson & Company, Inc. · Woolpert, Inc. · Yaeger Architecture