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SAME Newsletter

Spring Newsletter
March 2012
In This Issue
SAME Awards
Industry Day
SAVE Coalition
Science Fair
Quick Links


Upcoming Events

SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo


May 22-25, 2012 

America's Center
St. Louis, Mo.

Annual Sponsors 2012
Berger Devine Yaeger
Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell
Cabrera Services
JE Dunn
Louis Berger
Mark One
Poole Fire Protection
Wilson & Company
Affinis Corp. 
HofmannDear Greater Kansas City Post Members:


The Post and our GREAT members remain engaged in numerous activities-as your post president I would like everyone to know how much your energy and passion for SAME and the GKC Post is appreciated. I'm trying to keep up with all of you! There is one common theme in every superb organization-people. Our collection of superstars is a special group and "makes this engine run" on a daily basis.


We were just notified by the Executive Director of SAME that our Post has achieved Distinguished Post status. As most of you know this comes with much sweat equity and is a tribute to each of you. Likewise, this status truly distinguishes our Post from others. There are many folks who had a hand in making this happen. I do want to thank Past President Chris Prinslow for his leadership as this was accomplished during his time as President. We don't plan on resting on these laurels-we're gunning for Top Post status in 2012, which I truly believe is achievable. We are ready for the challenge!


Last month the Post held our 4th Annual Industry Day event, again in conjunction with UMKC. With well over 300 attendees, superb organization and a solid agenda we met our overall goals for 2012's Industry Day. We've already initiated an after action review and captured valuable lessons that will be applied to future events. Thanks to all Industry Day Committee Members, event sponsors, presenters and attendees! In addition to federal program briefs from regional Corps Districts, the event included several technical sessions. The following day, the Kansas City District opened its doors to an open house and provided the opportunity for individual meetings with the district's program managers and contracting officers.   As a reminder, the Kansas City District is always open to meet with industry partners-there is no need for a special event such as Industry Day event to meet with any member of the Kansas City District team.


Special Recognition I am pleased to announce that SAME National will award the GKC Post's own Jerry Adams with the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award. This medal is presented annually to a Fellow who has exemplified the pledge all Fellows take when invested: "I charge you to be a mentor. A Fellow sets and abides by the highest ethical standards. A Fellow espouses continual professional development. A Fellow shares knowledge of the profession with members and non-members." Jerry has been instrumental in our Post's activities and in the local community and is truly deserving of this prestigious award. Congratulations Jerry!


Upcoming Events/Opportunities:  There are numerous events occurring in the near future as well as opportunities to serve the Post. Please continue to check our website as well as the information updates sent via e-mail. Likewise, the annual Joint Engineering Training Conference and Expo is May 22-25, 2012 at the America Center in St. Louis.


I'm looking forward to seeing many of our Post members at our GKC Post events as well as the JETC in the upcoming months! My best to each of you. 


Colonel Tony Hofmann, PMP

Post President, Greater Kansas City Post



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1983: District Engineer Briefings 
by Tom Poer, PE, F.SAME


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A Barbershop Quartet serenading the crowd.



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Post members enjoying dinner prior to the DE Briefings.
























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Roger Wozny, unknown, COL Gurnie Gunter and others for the DE briefings.




























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National SAME Awards

by Mark Loes


The Greater Kansas City Post is proud to announce that Jerry Adams of Yaeger Architects and Tom Poer of HNTB were recognized at the 2012 Academy of Fellows Investiture and Golden Eagles Award Dinner held in Bethesda, Md., this past week. Jerry received the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award for outstanding mentoring efforts. Jerry is a lifelong mentor whose skills were instilled by his father and applied over 36 years with the Kansas City District of USACE and 10 years in the private sector. Many of the Posts' members and current leaders have experienced the privilege of working with a truly unique and giving individual. Tom Poer was one of 37 SAME members from across the globe honored as a Fellow of the Society. Tom has been a leader in the Post for more than 11 years and has served as president, vice president, historian and director. Some of Tom's accomplishments include: establishing the field chapter at Fort Riley, earning a Distinguished Post award in 2008, updating the Post by-laws, mentoring many of our members, and serving on multiple committees, conferences and community outreach events. Please extend a well-deserved congratulation to two of our distinguished members at your next encounter. 

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Greater Kansas City Post Hosts Annual Industry Day

by Melissa Kelley


The SAME Greater Kansas City Post hosted its 4th Annual Industry Day at the Sheraton Crown Center, February 27-28, 2012. The event was a joint effort of SAME and the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), and had 450 registered attendees, including people from both the public and private sectors and students from UMKC. The event kicked off with a social reception in the exhibit hall featuring 34 booths. On the following day, after the educational and training sessions, a social networking event was hosted at Howl at the Moon at the Power & Light District, which featured music, food and a chance for socializing. The event raised approximately $30,000 for the Greater Kansas City Post, allowing for a $5,000 donation for Dean Kevin Truman's engineering department. An after action survey revealed that attendees found great value in the event and plan on attending again. The Industry Day Committee has already begun planning for the 5th Annual event using lessons learned from this year's success.

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SAVE Coalition

by Jason Davis


This month the GKC SAME Post had the opportunity to facilitate training of architects, professional engineers, building inspectors, and construction industry personnel to certify as a member of the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition. SAVE Coalition volunteers are called to assist MO SEMA when a disaster such as a tornado or earthquake causes so much structural damage that local officials need help determining the safety of buildings. SAVE inspectors are trained in rapid visual evaluations to get people back in their homes as soon as possible. Last year we were especially reminded of the need for volunteers to help when called upon. This training course will allow members to give back to the community by providing their specialized expertise.

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Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair, Science Pioneers: Got the "right stuff"? 

by Amy McCurdy


Three senior division students do! And their project experiments did the talking.

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Greater Kansas City SAME Post Young Members Chair Amy McCurdy, P.E., P.T.O.E.,

presented the SAME Society Silver Medal, Certificate of Excellence, and $100 to winners in each of three categories: Earth/Space Science, Environmental and Renewable Energy, and Engineering.


Engineering Category

Student: Mariah Mathews School: West Platte

Project: Windustry: An Engineering Study to Determine the Power Production of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine When Grooves Have Been Added at Different Intervals Along the Blades Under Varying Wind Speed Conditions, Sponsors: Janel Coulson and Brad Lynch.


Environmental and Renewable Energy Category

Student: Brett Wagner School: Shawnee Mission South

Project: A Comparative Study of Scenedesmus Dimorphus and Spirogyra Algae Species Growth and Nitrate and Phosphate Removal in Municipal Wastewater

Sponsor: Jan Alderson.


Earth/Space Science Category

Student: Carleigh Douglas School: Blue Valley North

Project: Use of Bio-Char to Immobilize Heavy Metal Contaminants and Improve Cropping Soils

Sponsor: Janet Cyr


Approximately 800 persons observed the presentation at the Awards Ceremony for the 61st Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair at the Sheraton Crown Center on Saturday 24 March 2102 and 195 students received awards.


At zero seven hundred dark hours the Post's Special Award white ribbon judging task begins. Project Book is opened with a 22 Mar 12 logged entry. There are some final instructions from the event leaders about the student's experiments, a gulp of breakfast, some forms and a map. Then into rows and rows of tables top exhibits that covered about half of Kansas City's Union Station railroad terminal's first floor.    


Amy McCurdy led the expedition into the Senior Division area to judge project experiments with SAME Fellow Merrill Watt, II, P.E. assisting.


"It is amazing to see what topics students choose to study," exclaimed Amy upon completing a preliminary reconnaissance walk through.


There were 985 projects, all present and well accounted for; ready for judging and public observation 21 thru 23 Mar. These resulted from 1,302 projects created by students and competed in three grade level divisions: Intermediate 4-6, Junior 7-8, and Senior 9-12. Participation came from 116 public, private, parochial, and home schools in 50 school districts of the seven county Greater Kansa City region of Missouri and Kansas. Approximately 10,000 visitors were estimated to have viewed the projects during public viewing. In total, eleven subject categories exist for students to choose from when deciding their project topic.  And 302 volunteer scientists, engineers, and teachers served as judges.


Along with a teacher sponsor each student, or some cases teams of multiple students, proceed under a scientific approach to make the components of their project or collect data to examine variables that influence results and to what extent. Preparing report text, tables, and graphics to display reference materials and collected data from running several cycles of the experiment challenged each student's communications and marketing skills.  


Mission of Science Pioneers, Inc.

The mission of Science Pioneers is to create innovative and supportive education activities that will encourage the youth of Kansas City to understand and use science and critical thinking in their careers and everyday lives. In today's environment, that mission translates into meeting the challenges of science education and the need to encourage young people into science careers to meet the demands of global competition and skills needed for 21st century careers.


History of Science Pioneers, Inc.

The long and rich history of Science Pioneers dates back to 1956 when it became incorporated as a non-profit organization. At that time, Dr. Charles N. Kimball, president of Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, gathered together a distinguished group of industrialists, educators, and scientists in the Greater Kansas City area who were interested in forming an organization to foster, develop, and encourage youth in the study of science.


Although Science Pioneers was originally organized to direct and manage the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair, one of the largest in the nation, Science Pioneers has continuously strived to expand its programs to provide unique opportunities to students and teachers alike. Each year approximately 15,000 individuals participate in Science Pioneers activities.


To support student's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math visit and pass along:


US DOT Bond Education

by Al Osborne


The US DOT Bond Educations series of classes was attended by many small business contractors and a few design firms.   US DOT, GSA, Missouri and Kansas City discussed programs that included federal funds and how the US DOT small business bond and lending programs provide assistance to the contractors.  Also presenting were local bond producers, insurers and JE Dunn Construction.  SAME sponsored the event and provided morning refreshments and a catered lunch for all on the final session of the six week series. 

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Congratulations to LMG Construction! 
LMG Construction has been honored by Missouri legislators as an outstanding small business.

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Representative Jason Kander, Missouri House 44th District

Shelly Cunningham, Director, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Lisa M. Garney, President, LMG Construction

Representative Jerry Nolte, Missouri House 33

 Donna Leonard, Director, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center


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SAME Scholarships


The mission of the Society of American Military Engineers is to promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public and private sector engineers, and related professionals. Consistent with this mission, the Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post will provide scholarship opportunities to local students excelling in academics, community involvement, and leadership with the potential of contributing to the spirit of the Society.


The Post will provide up to four $1000 scholoarships and will announce the receipients no later than May 15.




Treasurer's Report


January-February 2011


Income:           $115,639                                            

Expenses:        $38,285*

Net Income:     $77,354                     

*does not include obligated expenses for Industry Day paid in March.



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President                                   COL Anthony Hofmann, USACE

Vice President                             Matt Metcalf, Tug Hill Construction

Secretary                                  Jackie Hacker, HDR, Inc.

Treasurer                                   Al Osborne, A/E/C consultant

Immediate Past President              Chris Prinslow, USACE


Board of Directors

Larry Myers, USACE

Rex Ostrander, USACE

Amy Lines, Kleinfelder

Dave Howe, Black & Veatch

Rob Rastorfer, HNTB Corporation

Brent Ferguson

Rich McCollum

Jason Meyers, Burns & McDonnell

Melissa Kelley, SKW, Inc.





Rob Rastorfer

Education & Mentoring/Summer Camps

Ted Hartsig

Education & Mentoring/College Outreach

Neeli Langdon

Education & Mentoring/PE Refresher Course

Jason Meyers

Education & Mentoring/Scholarships

Rob Rastorfer

Individual Memberships

Ron McCutcheon


Doug Dreiling


Tom Kirkwood

Assistant Programs and Meetings

Clif Rope


Bill Yord

Small Business

Arthur Saulsberry

Strategic Planning

Matt Metcalf

Student Chapter (UMKC)

Christy Cooper

Young Members

Amy McCurdy



Assistant Treasurer

Garrett Cross


Tom Poer


Amy Lines


Mandy Shields

Council of Fellows

Dave Howe

E&M Endowment

Dave Howe

Fort Riley Field Chapter

Scott Randle

Whiteman AFB Field Chapter

Christopher Prinslow


Tom Poer

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

Joseph T. Davis

Post Chaplain

Larry Myers

Readiness & Homeland Security

Jason Davis

Council of Fellows & E&M Investment

COL Don Curtis (retired)

Senior Advisor

Jerry Adams

Senior Advisor

John Brake COL (Ret)

Senior Advisor

Merrill Watt








Place your article in the newsletter!
If you have articles you would like published in the quarterly newsletter, please send them to Mandy Shields, HNTB at [email protected].



Greater Kansas City Post 1st Quarter Meetings


GKC Post January Luncheon

Thursday, January 26 11:30 a.m.


February E-week luncheon

GKC Post hosted UMKC students at our tables


GKC Post March Luncheon

Wednesday, March 28 11:30 a.m.


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Do you have an article to publish in The Military Engineer or SAME News?
Submitting articles to these publications is a principal criteria of the education and training streamer.  If you have an article you would like to submit, please contact Amy Lines at [email protected].


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Advertise in the SAME Newsletter and Web site!
The Greater Kansas City Post offers advertising space for quarterly newsletters and on the home page of the Web site.  Your business card size advertisement or company logo can be added for a cost of $250.00 per year.  Please send your artwork and check to:
Amy Lines
11529 W 79th Street
Lenexa, Kansas 66214
Once your check is received your ad will begin in the following issue.




Sustaining Members

Horner & Shifrin Inc. Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. BMK Corporation S. M. Stoller, Corp. H.W. Lochner, Inc. Caedmon Construction & Electrical Co., LLC CSI General Contractors Kaw Valley Engineering Tri-State Engineering Spica Consulting JMD Enterprises, LLC Tompkins Architects Smith & Boucher, Inc. Health Facilities Group, LLC Xylem Inc. Strategic Value Solutions, Inc. MW Builders Massman Construction Co. Berger Devine Yaeger, Inc. Affinis Corp. Midland Surveying, Inc. TranSystems CDM Smith HMN Architects Olsson Associates Multivista-Kansas City Sealaska Constructors Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) Jackie Hacker & Associates S.M. Wilson & Co T.S.I. Engineering, Inc. Patti Banks Associates Soil- Tek of Mid America, LLC Remediation Services, Inc. Key Construction Greenleaf Construction Co., Inc. Geotechnical Services, Inc. Seneca Companies, Inc. ME Group, Inc. Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. McCownGordon Construction, LLC Walton Construction-a CORE Company, LLC Professional Environmental Engineers Inc. Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. Ecology & Environment, Inc. Mead & Hunt, Inc. FutureNet Group, Inc. Poole Fire Protection, Inc. Arrowhead Contracting, Inc. McTech Corporation Professional Services Industries, Inc. LMG Construction Services LLC Walbridge Smith Seckman Reid Inc. Wilson & Company, Inc. Rosemann & Assoc. PC Bibb Engineers Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. Brown and Caldwell Eaton Corporation Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. Siemens Industries, Inc. P/Strada, LLC Mark One Electric Co., Inc. TerranearPMC, LLC CTI and Associates, Inc. The Walsh Group Tepa, LLC Tidewater, Inc. Bay West, Inc. The Ross Group Construction Corp. SKE International SCS Engineers Cyntergy AEC DLR Group Foth ASSET Group Cabrera Services, Inc. EMR, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Mason & Hanger HydroGeoLogic Inc. CAPE ECC Conti Federal Services, Inc. Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc. Kleinfelder SHE Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie GLMV Architecture, Inc. Science Applications International Corp. Parsons Greenhorne & O'Mara Kennedy/Jenks Consultants The Shaw Group, Inc. EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. Hanson Professional Service Inc. Project Management Services Inc. Woolpert, Inc. AMEC Tetra Tech, Inc. AECOM HNTB CH2MHILL Barr Engineering Co. Stanley Consultants Inc. Stantec, Inc. The Louis Berger Group, Inc. URS Corporation HDR Burns & McDonnell