Public Announcements


2017 SAME Savannah Industry Day Presentations

The presentations from the 2017 SAME Savannah Industry Day are available to be downloaded with the links below:

USACE Savannah

USACE Jacksonville

USACE Mobile

USACE Wilmington

USACE Huntsville

USACE Charleston

NAVFAC Southeast

EPA Region 4

GA Ports


Keynote: Improving your proposal

2017 Handout

Savannah Engineering Academy

Industry Day Attendee Roster




Operation Homefront Backpack & Supplies Drive

It's that time of year again.  The SAME Savannah Post Board is gearing up to support the annual Operation Homefront Back to School programs at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield on July 25th and 27th respectively.  We invite all Annual Program Review attendees to help us support the mission of supporting military and their families.  If you'd like to be a part of this, please bring any backpacks and/or school supplies you'd like to donate and the Board will accept from you at the time of registration.  There is no obligation to participate but we invite each of you to help us support this mission.


USACE Savannah March & April Luncheon

Tom Woodie's slides from the March luncheon can be downloaded here

Part II from the April luncheon can be downloaded here




2017 E-Week Presentations

The presentations from our 2017 E-Week are available to download here:

Flood Risk Management for Coastal Assets

GPA Critical Infrastructure Necessary for Disaster Preparedness

AT/FP 101

Cyber Resiliency

Monumental Glazing Systems

Flood Resiliency Planning

Resiliency Strategies

Dam Safety from a Resiliency Perspective

When Rivers and Infrastructure Collide

Energy Master Plan


2017 SAME STEM Camps

Information for the 2017 SAME STEM Camps for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, and Exploring Engineering Academy is now available!  Scholarships applications are due by March 24th.


US Air Force Camp

SAME Savannah Scholarship Info



2017/2018 Scholarship Applications

SAME Savannah Scholarships for the 2017/2018 school year have opened.  Instructions are available here: link


COL Griffin’s December Presentation

COL Griffin’s December presentation is available here


2016 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Recipients: $7,500 Scholarship over 5-years at $1,500 each year

Nicholas Eldridge  Attended White County High School in Cleveland, GA/Leader in ROTC, and he has been accepted at University of North Georgia in mechanical engineering. Nicholas like to hunt and fish in his free time His parents are Billy & Shannon Eldridge.

Nicholas Flint  Attended Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, GA, and has been accepted at Georgia Tech to study electrical engineering. Nicholas plays keyboard in the band, RIPTIDE, and is a backup vocalist. He is working this summer as a lifeguard. Nicholas plans to join the Air Force. His parents are Molly & John Flint.

Preston Johnson  Attended Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston, SC, and has been accepted at Georgia Southern University in mechanical engineering. Preston likes to hunt and fish, and ride anything with wheels. His parents are Preston and Rhonda Johnson.

Savannah Kay Francis  Attended Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL, and has been accepted at Auburn University to study Biomedical Science.   She is working as a lifeguard and is a part-time teacher at Covenant Classical School and Daycare. She plans to attend medical school and apply to the Air force Professional Scholarship Program to join as a Medical Officer, following in her father’s footsteps. Savannah Kaye’s father is Steven Francis.


4-Year Scholarship for $5,000 – continued from 2015 award

Emma Benfield  Attends Clemson University as a Biological Sciences major with the intent of going into neurological biology. Emma is on the Clemson University club volleyball team, a member of 88.1 WSBF FM Clemson, and also an avid fan of Clemson Football! She enjoys painting and is fond of punk rock. Emma’s parents are Gary and Vicki Benfield.

Joe Bersson  Attends Auburn University majoring in Civil Engineering.   His extracurricular activities and affiliations involve Auburn University Honor’s College, Engineers Without Borders, IMPACT Student Volunteer Organization, and Greek life. Joe’s parents are Bill and Ann Bersson.

Casey Flint  Attends Yale University.  This summer Casey is at Navy Summer CORTRAMID East for Naval ROTC. His parents are John and Molly Flint.


$5,000, 4-year scholarships – continued from 2013 award

Becky Bersson  Currently in the University Scholars program at The University of Alabama pursuing a BS in mathematics and a MS in applied statistics. Becky is very involved in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and works for a nonprofit teaching a class at the local high school. This summer she is interning at FedEx Headquarters in data analytics. Her parents are Bill and Ann Bersson.

Erin Simmons  Currently studies aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech. She enjoys everything to do with space, and hopes to work at NASA upon graduation. In the Spring 2016 semester, she worked with a team designing a rover to tunnel into the summit of Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar system, as a part of a competition by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Erin is interning at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.   She is the daughter of Tracy and Gordy Simmons.

Philip Panhorst  Currently interning at the water quality department of the Georgia Aquarium.   In August he will begin his seventh and final semester at Georgia Southern University and graduate in December with a bachelor's of science in biology and a minor in chemistry.  Philip is president of the natural history collections club and has held multiple student assistant positions in the biological collections of the university including the United States National Tick Collection.  The past three summers he has worked as a paddleboard instructor Philip has a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. .  His parents are John and Theresa Panhors.


2017 E-Week Call for Speakers

Speakers are invited to submit abstracts on the many facets of Resiliency affecting our nation. Our communities must prepare for a future with a wide spectrum of possible threats, weighing risks and probabilities to determine the best actions today that can minimize loss in a future event. This year, E-Week Technical Training Day will consider how the engineering community is taking a proactive, flexible approach to assessment, analysis, and adaptation, to prepare for potential disasters and minimize impacts to our communities.


Selection Process Dates:

Call for Presentations Opens: October 1, 2016

Deadline for submission: December 2, 2016

Acceptance notifications: January 13, 2017 (Registration discount for Speakers)

Final presentations due in PPT format: February 20, 2017


Submission Instructions:

All speakers must submit an abstract of their presentation. Each abstract must contain the following information:

  • Title should capture in 10 words or less the topic covered

  • Up to a 300-word description, be as concise as possible

  • 120-word biography of the presenter or each panelist

  • Length of session; 25-30 minute presentation plus 15 minute Q&A


All questions and submissions should be emailed to Margaret Walton and Hollie Dupes


2016 Annual Program Review Presentations

Thank you to those who attended our 2016 Annual Program Review!

Links to the presentations are below:

2016 Handout

Huntsville Engineering Center


USACE Savannah

USACE Mobile

USACE Jacksonville

USACE Charleston

USACE Wilmington


GA Ports Authority



President's May Letter

Dear SAME Savannah Post Members,

First up a big THANK YOU to all those working so hard to put together our Annual Program Review! It will be our premiere event of the year and feature a greater variety of speakers and attendees than ever. Frankly, the new DOD conference attendance rules have made organizing this year’s program an uphill fight but through the deft maneuvering of BG (R) Joe Schroedel and the efforts of our two Fellows Gwen Parker and Sally Riker as well as great cooperation from our USACE counterparts led by Major George Mitroka from Savannah District we’ve finally gotten to “yes.”

 This year our program features a small business show case and young member haunted pub crawl on the 14th followed by program reviews on the 15th. This is also the month for our annual Golf Tournament here in Savannah so please make sure you sign up for this event on the 14th as well. To date we have over 300 personnel signed up to attend and we still have a week to go so this is shaping up to be one of our best attended events. Please see our website to sign up today.

We had a great time at our annual Joint Engineer Training Conference May 24-27 in Phoenix, AZ along with at least a dozen other attendees from Savannah Post. It was a great opportunity for learning, networking and hearing from the military services Senior Engineer Leaders and the leadership of our Society. I was honored to receive 10 Streamers and Awards on your behalf at the Annual Awards Breakfast. Thanks to the efforts of our Streamer Committee, committee chairs and all of our volunteers Savannah was one of only a handful of posts to receive all the streamers that were up for grabs. This exceptional achievement marks us as one of the best Posts in the nation and I couldn’t be prouder to lead this great organization. THANKS so much to all of our volunteers as YOU are the ones who make this Post great!

This will be my last President’s Letter since my term ends this month. I’ve begun the process of handing over the reins to Maureen Hoke. Maureen served our Post in numerous capacities including Vice President, founded our Student Chapter at GSU, spearheads our STEM outreach efforts and has chaired committees and been on our board for years. She brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position. We also have several other new officers who will be taking over this summer – please join me in congratulating and supporting Maureen and our new officers assuming leadership of our Post.

It has been a fast paced year in which we’ve accomplished a great deal in terms of our Post priorities of growing our Military involvement, stepping up STEM outreach and supporting our Veteran and military population. We implemented several initiatives such as luncheons at Fort Stewart and Operation Homefront that we’ll institutionalize to keep getting after these priorities. I’m humbled, blessed and honored to have served alongside you this past year and it was my privilege to lead in a professional organization I’ve admired since I first joined the Army 26 years ago. Please keep up your great energy, enthusiasm and continue to keep our Post at the top.

Thanks again for all you are doing, have done and will do in the future for our Society and our Profession and I look forward to continuing to serve with you in the Savannah Post in the years ahead.  



R. Daren Payne, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army

Savannah Post President


2016/2017 Post Officer Election Results

Congratulation to our SAME Savannah Post 2016-17 Officers!

Post President – Maureen Hoke

1st Vice President – Kevin Chafin

2nd Vice President – Joel Burke

Secretary – Ashley Sebring Gallegos

Treasurer – Gavin Carey