March 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!

Happy Spring and goodbye to a very mild (non-existent) winter! 

We had a very exciting month within our Post and we have more activities planned! Look below to see all about our successful and fun night at our Bowling Happy Hour at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall bowling alley! It was a great night of networking and some really good pizza and wings! It was NOT a strike out, so we plan on repeating that event again in the future! 

We also had our annual lunch at George Mason University to support our Student Chapter and the Civil Engineering Institute. Because the students move through after 4 years, we have to work hard to keep the chapter active. We are in the midst of re-energizing the Chapter and hoping that our interaction that day will help move the Chapter forward.

Coming up we have our OBO presentation this week at the Army Navy Country Club as well as our joint Small Business Conference with the DC Post AND our 23rd Annual Golf Tournament. We have moved the Golf tournament to May this year, instead of July with the hope of better enjoyable weather, and not sweltering hot! 

We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events!
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!

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!
2023 NoVA Post Scholarship Golf Tournament
Join us for Games, Raffle, Food and Drinks!!
Date & Time:
Monday, May 15, 2023
Shotgun start at 8:30 AM

Algonkian Golf Course
47001 Fairway Drive
Sterling, VA

$180 per player (Member and Non-Member)
$80 for Active Duty Military / Government
$55 for Lunch Only
NoVA Post and Civil Engineering Institute of
George Mason University Event Recap
On Thursday March 2nd, we hosted our annual meeting at George Mason University with the Civil Engineering Institute to support our GMU Student Chapter. We had a special guest speaker, Girum Urgessa, PhD from the College of Engineering & Computing. He showed us some of the testing he and his students have done in reference to blast protection and the effects of an explosion.

We also heard from two of the Civil Engineer students, David Prester and Fernando Rodriguez who are participating in the Engineers for International Development (EfID) projects both here in Virginia and overseas. We learned about their successful water project in San Pablo de Amali, Ecuador from the beginning with the planning of the project thru the Post-Construction Phase and the design of the Rivanna Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Charlottesville, VA to be built in Summer of 2023.

The next trip they are planning is in Costa Rica to design a new water system for Los Andes and improve the water system in Huacas. We look forward to hearing about these projects next year, but in the meantime consider helping us re-establish our GMU Student Chapter and help our future STEM professionals.
Happy Hour Bowling Recap
The SAME NoVA post kicked off this year’s social programs with our first-ever Bowling Happy Hour. The sold-out event had members gathered at the Fort Myer’s bowling alley, on a serendipitously, warm day (February 23rd). In fact, it was so nice we had the entire bowling alley to ourselves. But being an engineering organization, and not a meteorological association, we planned an indoor event in the middle of winter, not knowing it would be 70 degrees outside. Despite the nice weather and being indoors, everyone enjoyed cold beers and wine with surprisingly great pizza and wings. No seriously, the food was great. We got to bowl a couple of games and network with colleagues with everyone enjoying themselves. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future and look forward to more people joining us next time.
2023 DC & NoVA Post
Leadership and Mentoring Program (LMP)
The SAME NoVA & DC Posts have been planning and coordinating the 2023 Leadership & Mentoring Program. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE 2024 LEADERSHIP & MENTORING PROGRAM, please contact Ed Chamberlayne.
On 23 Feb 2023, Dewberry hosted the LMP at their Fairfax HQ where COL (USA Ret) Dave Anderson presented “Serving Leadership” from his experiences both in the military and as a CEO of an environmental firm. Huge thanks to Dave and Dewberry!!
Next, the LMP will meet on 14 March 2023 at Arlington Cemetery Welcome Center where we will learn lessons in leadership from COL (USA Ret) Peter Mueller, PE, PMP who was very recently the Chief Engineer at the Architect of the Capitol.
2023 Sponsorships are still available!
Our NoVA Post is able to provide great programming, networking opportunities and college scholarships 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]
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!

  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Proposal Would Give Tax Incentives for Hiring Military Spouses. Article here
  • Virginia Women Veterans Week Will Recognize Contributions Of Women Veterans Throughout State - March 19-25. Resource Here
  • MOAA, Permission to Dream: Discover Your Purpose. Webinar Link

Veterans Events:
March 23, 2023: 12-4 PM
G.I. Jobs Virtual Job Fair from Department of Veterans Affairs
Information and Registration Here!

March 28, 2023: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Job Fair
Embassy Suites
Arlington, VA
Information and Registration Here!

March 30, 2023: 5:00 PM
reStartEvents Nationwide TS/SCI & Above Cleared Virtual Career Fair
Information and Registration Here!

April 5, 2023: 3:00 PM
Bob Woodruff Foundation to host educational webinar on PACT Act
Information and Registration Here!

April 13, 2023: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
HIRE VETS NOW, JB Myer-Henderson Hall Networking Event
Spates Community Club and Conference Center
Fort Myer, VA
Information and Registration 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

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