February 2023
Our Mission: Build Leaders and Lead Collaboration among Government and Industry to Develop Multi Disciplined Solutions to National Security and Infrastructure Challenges
From the President:
Greetings Fellow SAME Members!

I hope you are off to a good start for 2023. Our Post has a lot of activities planned for this year, so keep watching our monthly Newsletter for the updates.
Our next event is our Bowling Happy Hour on Thursday the 23rd and we look forward to a fun night of strikes and spares! Please follow the directions on your receipt to fill out the base access form ahead of time to help for a smooth entry onto the base.
As a Post one of our missions is to support the future of our industry and as such, I ask that everyone get involved at some level with our current and future workforce leaders. We have many opportunities at all different levels of their path for you to get involved:
  • K-12: Volunteer with the K-12 STEM program and Science Fair judging.
  • Entrance into College: Support our fundraising efforts through our Sponsorship opportunities so that we can continue to provide college scholarships.
  • College: Come to our lunch program in March at George Mason University to support the Civil Engineering Institute and learn what the Engineers for International Development are doing here and abroad. Help us with reinvigorating our GMU Student Chapter.
  • Young Professionals: Watch and support our Leadership and Mentoring Program. Meet the LMP participants at our events and help support them in their leadership growth.
  • Transitioning Professionals: Every year SAME National provides a Career Transition Workshop to help veterans transitioning out of service and into industry as well as all levels of professionals looking toward a change in their career.
  • Veterans: We support Veterans by connecting them with other great organizations with immense resources.
Please consider volunteering your time or resources so that we can continue to pour into our members and our industry’s future. Our Sponsorships for 2023 are available. We could not survive as a Post without our Sponsors!
This is our Post. This is our Society. This is our community. Together, WE are the Society of American Military Engineers!
Thank you for your continued support!

First Social Event of 2023!
Join us on February 23, 2023, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm for a great networking event and show-off your bowling skills! Or let's see how many gutter balls we can get in one night!

This great event will be held at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. For those who do not have base access, please fill out the provided form ahead of time to make it easy to gain access to the base.
NoVA Post and CEI of George Mason University Event
Join us March 2, 2023 from 11:30 - 1:30 pm at the Johnson Center, 3rd floor for our annual joint program. Come hear GMU's Engineers for International Development (EfID) students presenting their projects from near and abroad. Great things are happening at GMU and with engineering students. Come support the mission and be part of the excitement!
2023 NoVA Post Scholarship Golf Tournament
May 15, 2023
NoVA Post Scholarship Golf Tournament
Algonkian Golf Course
47001 Fairway Dr,
Sterling, VA 20165
Save The Date!
SAME DC & NoVA Posts Proudly Present:
15th Annual Small Business Conference
Build a strong network that’s focused on small business. The SAME DC & NoVA Posts’ Small Business Conference brings together the State & Local and Federal agencies and businesses throughout the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area to network, discuss upcoming contracting opportunities, connect with potential teaming partners, and more!

Thank You to Our Sponsors
2023 DC & NoVA Post
Leadership and Mentoring Program (LMP)
The SAME NoVA & DC Posts have been planning and coordinating the 2023 Leadership & Mentoring Program
We kicked off our 2023 Program on 25 January 2023 with an overview of the 2025 Strategic Plan by SAME National VP, Rad Delaney, AIA, F.SAME. Special thanks to Bree Beal for hosting us at the HKS office in DC!
On 23 Feb 2023, Dewberry will host the LMP at their Fairfax HQ where COL (USA Ret) Dave Anderson will present on “Serving Leadership” from his experiences both in the military and as a CEO of an environmental firm.
2023 Sponsorships are now Open!
Our NoVA Post is able to provide great programming, networking opportunities and college scholarships (see below) all because of our Sponsors!

Contact our Sponsorship Chair today if you have any questions or to become one of our Post Sponsors!

For information, click here for the Sponsorship Flyer. Click here to sign up!

Danaila Paspalanova - [email protected]
Special Thank You to those who have provided a Sponsorship so far.
2023-2024 Scholarships
Times running out!

The SAME NoVA Post college scholarship applications are open for the 2023-2024 academic year until February 24, 2023.

The application will provide details on qualifications and requirements for candidates and can be found on our website.
Questions can be directed to the SAME NoVA Post Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Carlos Flores-Garay, ([email protected])
2023 SAME E&C Camp
SAME Engineering & Construction camps provide a rigorous experience for high school students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond.
At a minimum, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 15 years old by the time he/she departs for camp.
  • Completed freshman year by the time he/she departs for camp. 
K-12 Mentoring - Volunteers Needed
Thank you to our members who have supported mentoring at Lewis High School in the past months. The students really appreciated your feedback, and the science teachers look forward to continuing these mentoring sessions.

If you haven't joined us yet, please consider volunteering your time to mentor our future STEM leaders. Even if you don't have a lot of time, that's ok, a small investment in time is possible, and several opportunities can be done virtually. All volunteers are welcome regardless of background or expertise.

Newest Opportunity

2023 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Juding for this year's Fair will be held on Saturday March 18, 2023, in person at Robinson Secondary School.

Please review the flyer for other opportunities to Volunteer!

Contact Patrick Hogeboom or Doug Smith for more information.
Veteran's Corner
1st Vice President Phil Hicks and Director-At-Large Mary Anderson have found the following veteran resources and events to pass on to our members. Please check out the resources and upcoming events every month!

Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Transition Program| The V3 Transition Program offers transitioning service members and their spouses the best Virginia has to offer. By providing peer-to-peer support through the transition process, V3 Transition works alongside the transitioning service member or spouse to make referrals that address specific needs. The V3 Transition core areas of focus are those seeking employment, education, and entrepreneurship. Resources Here

Fortinet Veteran Program: Military veterans are by nature problem-solvers who understand the importance of maintaining a strong defense posture and following the chain of command when dealing with an active threat. The Fortinet Veterans Program works to fill the cybersecurity skills gap by helping facilitate the transition of military service members, veterans, and military spouses into the cybersecurity industry. Resources Here

Ready for a Mentor? Check Out These Resources From MOAA:  January marks National Mentoring Month – as good a time as any to find the professional advice and support we all need. Resources Here

Veterans Events:
Feb 24, 2023: 12-1 PM
MOAA’s Virtual Workshops for Early Career Professionals
Register Here!

March 8, 2023: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
MOAA’s Virtual Career Fair for Early Career Professional Positions
Register Here!

Mark your Calendars!
Local Events:

March 23, 2023
OBO Luncheon
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Dr,
Arlington, VA 22202
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Stay Tuned!

The Programs Committee is looking for ideas on future monthly presentations.
If you have any ideas on compelling and unique speakers/topics/themes
for 2023, please share them with us! Contact Us

We're looking forward to bringing you a great year of programming!
National Events:
March 27 – 29, 2023
Capital Week
Rockville, MD
May 2 – 4, 2023
Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo
San Antonio, TX
Local Post Calendars