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SAME Newsletter

Summer Newsletter
June 2014
In This Issue
TISP Conference
CGSC Training/Industry
Warrior Transition Forum
Mentoring a Fast Start Career
Events In Review
David Howe - Member Spotlight
New Members
Treasurer's Report
Quick Links


Upcoming Events

CGSC Social

July 24

Boulevard Brewing Co.



GKC SAME Luncheon 

August 5

Californo's, KCMO


TEXOMA & MO River Region Joint Engineering Training Symposium

August 26-28

Ft. Leonard Wood


Quick Links

Dear Greater Kansas City Post Members,


It's time for me to write another newsletter article and I'm struggling with where to start. We have done a lot in the last 3 months since the last newsletter and we have a lot planned before the next one, so where should I focus!?!?


A big highlight from the last three months was the Joint Engineer Training Conference in Orlando in May.  It was at the JETC that we accepted our awards for 2013: All Streamers with Distinction, Distinguished Post, and tied for Honorable Mention for the Top Post in the large post category. This was well deserved recognition for a very successful 2013. The Greater Kansas City Post was well represented in Orlando this year and it always makes me proud to see our folks showing off our Post at events like this. I hope to have a great turnout at the TEXOMA and Missouri River Region JETC conference in Fort Leonard Wood in August as well.


Probably our biggest local highlight was the 6th Annual Industry Day. This year's event found us back at the University of Missouri Kansas City campus utilizing their new facilities. We made another big change this year, moving the date back a couple of months. After losing our battle with Mother Nature too many times we found the later date worked well. We are always trying to improve Industry Day and welcome any input from our attendees. We appreciate the positive feedback we got this year and all of your support in making this event a success.


Since the last newsletter we have also awarded scholarships to deserving college students and selected a high school student to support as a camper to the SAME Engineering Summer Camp, as well as a mentor to attend the camp. Thank you SKW for supporting our Post and Kyle Marlay as she gives a week of her time to mentor these young engineers and scientists! The mentors are the key to running a successful camp.


In May, our University of Missouri Kansas City Student Chapter received the honor of Distinguished Student Chapter. Our Student Chapter at UMKC is thriving and we hope to be able to use this momentum and lessons learned to help our newly formed Kansas State University Student Chapter reach the same success.


This year we won't be having a July regular lunch meeting. We are focusing on the annual Command General Staff College welcome event that we will be hosting at Boulevard Brewing Company. Join us on Thursday, 24 July, to welcome the new class to the CGSC. More information will be out soon about the event registration and VIP speaker.


I hope you all can find a few minutes to read over the next few pages so our Post can share all of the great things we have been doing. I am so proud of our membership and all the time and talent they give to support our mission. I look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming GKCP event!


Please be safe and enjoy the summer....maybe you can even find time to enjoy one of the great local (USACE) lakes!


Ann Ewy

2014 Post President

Greater Kansas City Post SAME


Annual Sponsors for 2014
Annual Sponsors
Burns & McDonnell 
J. E. Dunn 
Poole Fire Protection 
Ecology and Environmental 
SM Wilson 
Yaeger Architects 
Coastal Environmental 
Save the Dates!
July 24, 2014 Engineer Social for New Command and General Staff College Engineer Class 15-01, Kansas City, MO

Welcome new Engineer Officers to the Kansas City area, meet new people, enjoy good food and have fun. For more information, see the GKC Post Website.


August 5, 2014 GKC SAME Luncheon

Presentation by Ryan Evans, Henderson Engineers and Zach Kremer, Outcome Construction Services. For more information, see the GKC Post Website.

August 26-28, 2014 TEXOMA and Missouri River Region Joint Engineer Training Symposium, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

The theme for this year's Symposium is, "Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Response to Natural Disasters." The Society of American Military Engineers TEXOMA and Missouri River Regions Joint Engineer Training Symposium provides extensive opportunities for training, education and professional development through a robust offering of presentations, workshops and networking events.  For more information, see the GKC Post wesbite


September 11, 2014 GKC SAME Luncheon
Check for details on the GKC Post Website.
TISP Conference

Resilience and SPIDERS

by Robert Crain


What is Resilience and how does it impact you? Resilience is defined as the ability to endure and recover from adverse conditions. Whether man made or natural, disasters can strike anywhere at any time. When disasters do strike, those impacted assume local and state emergency agencies will quickly mobilize to respond to their immediate and long-term needs. While this is somewhat accurate, successful response is a result of careful planning, and implementation through a collaborative effort from all levels of government and private sector agencies. Resilience begins at the local level through the development of partnerships with local, state, and national emergency response agencies with a focus on strengthening security and resiliency of your critical infrastructure.


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend The Critical Infrastructure Symposium hosted by The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) and SAME. The theme of the Symposium was "Disasters are Personal. Resilience is Regional. Partnerships are Strategic." The Symposium focused on partnership as the critical path to integrate innovative ideas and methodologies regarding security and resilience from a broad range of stakeholders into preparedness programs and emergency management functions. Discussion topics included important issues such as cybersecurity, floods, wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, microgrids, and SPIDERS. SPIDERS is an acronym for Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, and involves the de-centralization of larger power grids into smaller regional systems (microgrids).


You may wonder how all this benefits you as a member of the Greater KC SAME Post. The key component to the TISP acronym is partnership. "TISP's mission is to lead public- and private-sector collaboration to advance the preparation, practice, policy and after-effect of regional and infrastructure security and resilience. " TISP relies on the expertise and experience of engineering, architecture, and design firms to collaborate with government agencies to strengthen the nation's critical infrastructure. As members of SAME, we already participate in the public-private partnership. However, becoming actively involved with TISP allows you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of current resiliency issues as well as foster relationships with relevant public agencies.

If you have any questions about TISP, or want additional information, please contact me at: [email protected]. There are numerous opportunities to be involved, including joining TISP, where you can learn more about the critical infrastructure needs...and SPIDERS.
Yaeger Architecture 
News from the Post
by Ann Ewy

Since 1972 the Society of American Military Engineers has bestowed the designation of Fellow on SAME Members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to SAME and to military engineering.  It's a true honor to announce that Immediate Past President, Matt Metcalf, was inducted into the Academy of Fellows at the Class of 2014 Investiture Ceremony on March 26 in Bethesda, Maryland.   


Matthew L. Metcalf, P.E., has been committed to SAME since becoming a member in 2002. He has brought leadership, mentorship and innovative approaches as a member of the National Board of Direction, Chair of the College Outreach Committee, President, Vice President and Director of the Greater Kansas City Post, and as Chair of numerous Post committees-including serving as the Post Liaison and Committee Chair for the University of Kansas Student Chapter. As National College Outreach Chair, Metcalf organized the first SAME Student Leaders Workshop and drove initiatives that doubled student memberships from 400 to 800. As Greater Kansas City Post President, he established a Wounded Warrior Committee, strengthened the connectivity between the Post and Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, and helped grow membership to an all-time high. As Fundraising Committee Chair, he was instrumental in raising $75,000 that provided the initial investment into the Post's Education & Mentoring Fund. Metcalf served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer from 1994-1999 on the USS Curts and USS Cleveland, respectively, as a Communications Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. He currently is Director of Federal Programs for Tepa LLC. He has been involved in the planning for several large transportation projects and facilitated multiple planning charettes for the Corps of Engineers and Army National Guard.


The Fellows process is competitive and there is no more deserving candidate than Matt.  The process is long and it takes years of dedication to achieve this distinction. Our Post is thrilled to say CONGRATULATIONS to Matt, our newest Fellow!  



GKC Post's Sixth Annual Industry Day: Another Tremendous Success

by Chris Prinslow and Melissa Kelley


The Greater Kansas City Post returned to UMKC's beautiful Student Union on March 31st and April 1st for our sixth annual Industry Day.  The event was exceptionally well attended with over 330 registrations representing more than 160 companies, firms, and federal agencies.  With at least 15 students from K-State and UMKC in attendance, our two student posts were also well represented.  The event also included exhibit space for 32 firms. 


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.  Mr. Troy Morgan from the Ft. Leonard Wood Army Engineer Museum conducted an 'engineer item identification' event that allowed attendees to bring unique military engineering keepsakes for identification and discussion.


Tuesday's program started with Mr. Bill Betera, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure providing the keynote address.  The technical programs included a variety of interesting topics - 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 2, 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.


The event was a financial success for the Post, which was able to provide a $7,500 donation for Dean Kevin Truman's UMKC engineering department from the proceeds. An after action survey revealed that attendees found great value in the event and plan on attending again. The new Student Union facility was widely praised.


We'd like to thank our Gold Sponsors: Affinis, Burns & McDonnell, CDM Smith, CH2MHill, Coastal, Ecology and Environment, HDR, HNTB, Insight Environment, Engineer & Construction, JE Dunn Construction, leidos, McCarthy Construction, Poole Fire Protection, Sevenson Environmental Services, Stantec, SM Wilson, Tepa, Terracon, and Yaeger Architecture.  And our Silver Sponsors: AECOM, Geo Consultants, Stanley Consultants, CTI, EQM Technologies & Energy, CB&I, Mason & Hanger, Conti, O'Brien & Gere, and Bay West.



CGSC Training/Industry Update

by Merrill Watt


The SAME Greater Kansas City Post, in cooperation with U. S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Engineer Officer Professional Development program conducted their 2nd iteration of Training with Industry (TWI) exchange with prominent Kansas City construction and engineering firms Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, HNTB, and JE Dunn from April through June 2014. During this 2nd year of the TWI initiative we tripled the size of the exchange linking up nine future Engineer Regiment leaders with the four prominent local engineering firms. This TWI CGSC elective qualified for credit toward the completion of the student-officers' CGSC course and helped engineer student-officers gain a better understanding of how civilian construction and engineering firms operate, while also giving the civilian firm an insight into the military project management processes.


Major Seth Wacker and Major Rusty Rhoads conducted a TWI exchange with Black & Veatch. Black & Veatch, a major global competitor in Architect and Engineering services serving a wide range of industries, expertly hosted the exchange for the second consecutive year. The military and civilian engineers discussed various topics including corporate headquarters operations and the five divisions that enable fusion and collaboration across the disciplines so the company's clients obtain full-service during infrastructure projects. The five divisions of Black & Veatch include the Energy, Special Projects, Management Consulting, Telecommunications, and Water. They also discussed in detail Black & Veatch's standardized project management controls system and compared it to the military project management processes. Toward the end of the exchange, the CGSC student-officers discussed their areas of expertise, with Major Wacker discussing his Forward Engineer Support Team - Advance (FEST-A) experience, and Major Rhoads discussing Afghanistan construction lessons-learned from his experience with the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan, Regional Support Command - North.


Majors David M. Kopecky and Matthey Myrick worked with the engineering firm Burns & McDonnell. Burns & McDonnell did an outstanding job hosting the TWI elective and filling knowledge gaps for the student-officers. During this exchange the military and civilian engineers discussed global practices, business models, and other engineering best practices that will enhance their future project management skills when working with USACE, civilian industry, and troop labor projects. The value gained from discussing different methods of project management can enable efficiencies that are needed in today's environment of diminishing resources. The students-officers had an exciting and engaging exchange of information comparing their issues, lessons learned, and civilian points of view to their own experiences.


Majors Chris Berge and Mark Desantis had a tremendously valuable experience with local A/E firm HNTB. This experience enhanced the engineer student-officers' understanding of the business and project management side of an outstanding civilian A/E firm.   The topic areas that were discussed during the session included the firm's background, how they manage the business, winning and managing the work, vertical projects, civil works and public outreach, and infrastructure projects.


Majors Justin Pritchard, Dave Clay, and Steve Holmberg linked up with local construction firm JE Dunn, which hosted student-officers for the 2nd consecutive year. Key leaders from the JE Dunn team guided the exchange and discussed topics involving training, technology, marketing, safety, leadership, sustainability, risk management, IT, logistics, and quality assurance. JE Dunn core values were impressive and well developed. Similar to the Army Values, JE Dunn has seven values that guide their employees on a daily basis. It was evident that the JE Dunn team internalizes the seven core values of safety, sustainability, value, quality, wisdom, collaboration, and integrity. During their discussion on leadership with regional president, Dirk Shafer, he first mentioned, "in pursuit of building perfection - do a better job today than yesterday, and do a better job tomorrow than today". JE Dunn's knowledge management processes, enabled by simple technology, are best practices that will serve any organization well.

Ecology & Environment 
A New Approach for Assisting Transitioning Warriors

by Jackie Hacker 

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post commissioned a Warrior in Transition Committee in 2013 with a mission to develop an effective strategy to educate, mentor and assist members of the military who are or will soon be transitioning out of the military ("Transitioning Warriors") into the civilian sector. The GKC Post leadership took this proactive approach in response to the high unemployment levels of Transitioning Warriors, in addition to the projected increase in transitioning veterans given future projections of a smaller U.S. force structure. Committee members wanted to ensure the ideals of the SAME were integrated into its overall strategy. Likewise, they wanted to develop a strategy that would provide a meaningful forum to truly assist Transitioning Warriors-not something to simply make them feel good.

In order to develop this strategy, the Committee first reviewed the challenges associated with transition from the military, including information from Art DeGroat (Director of Military Affairs, Kansas State University) and Richard P. Crowley's 2013 White Paper entitled "Looking Critically at Reintegration of Post-9/11 Era Veterans". Through this research, the Committee concluded that many veterans are unprepared for the requirements of the competitive civilian job market; do not have a professional network to assist them in navigating through the steps required; and do not have an understanding of the skills necessary to adequately compete for positions within the market. All of these factors are contributing to the high unemployment rate of today's Transitioning Warriors. Utilizing the lessons learned from the White Paper and gaining insights from recently transitioning veterans allowed the Committee to take a different approach to assist Warriors in the transition process, all within the context of SAME's overall mission and vision.


The Committee settled on a strategy with five goals to assist transitioning veterans:  
1) expand their interest in career fields associated with GKC Post SAME Sustaining Member firms,
2) network with professionals associated with SAME Sustaining Member firms,
3) inform transitioning veterans about the skill sets and other tools/tips necessary to be successful in civilian career fields (to include helping them understand how their military skills/experience/leadership is applicable in the civilian job market),
4) offer mentorship and professional development through SAME, and
5) encourage SAME membership to enhance their long-term networking opportunities.
The SAME GKC Post is proud to support our Transitioning Warriors. The GKC Post members share in the unfaltering commitment to do right by our uniformed service men and women that have defended our country. Combining the resources of SAME with the professional commitment to veterans seeking employment in the civilian sector, we can proactively provide them the tools to help them be successful through the challenging transition process. This is our mission and commitment.

Giving Back

Warrior Transition Networking Forum Kansas State University

by Jackie Hacker, HDR


To kick off the 2014 support to Transitioning Warriors, the GKC Post Warrior in Transition Committee joined forces with the Kansas State University Office of Military Affairs, hosting a Warrior Transition Networking Forum at the Kansas State University Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 24, 2014. The purpose of the Forum was to provide information to Transitioning Warriors about the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. The Forum involved a panel of veterans who have experienced and successfully navigated the transition process into the private/public sector. Specifically, this venue focused on assisting transitioning veterans from the Fort Riley, Kansas, military installation.


Mark Loes (Kleinfelder), Committee Chair, and Jackie Hacker (HDR), Committee Co-Chair, organized the event. Tony Hofmann (Colonel, USA, retired)(Stantec) and Committee member moderated the panel session. The panel members representing five Sustaining Member firms within the GKC Post were:   Matt Metcalf and Al Osborne (Commander, USN, retired) (TEPA), Forrest Joe Lykins (Major, USA, retired) (Tyco SimplexGrinnell), Scott Fehnel (Lieutenant Colonel, USA, retired) (HNTB), Victor Poland (Burns and McDonnell), and Reed Brown (US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District). Art DeGroat (Lieutenant Colonel, USA, retired) (Kansas State University) played a key role in the process by participating in the panel, coordinating the facilities and interfacing with Fort Riley leadership to promote the event. The forum featured twenty-six (26) attendees and included ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction with panel members following the open discussion.  


Given the fact this event was not a job fair and attendees would not depart with a job offer in hand, how do we know the forum was successful? Defining a hard "metric" for this type of initiative is difficult. Therefore, direct feedback from the Transitioning Warriors in attendance is the greatest indicator for success.   The attendees provided numerous comments indicating that the information presented and subsequent discussion was indeed value-added, and not something they had previously received in any transition curriculum. Likewise, the consensus was that this type of forum did provide a solid base to begin and enhance their transition. Many also stated that they will now reach out to the SAME panel members in order to help them in their transition. In short, the forum reinforced that the GKC Post Warrior Transition Committee strategy is an innovative strategy that can truly help Transitioning Warriors as they tackle the transition process. Long-term, the true measure of success will be when a veteran makes the transition into a civilian career-while hopefully enjoying the camaraderie and benefits of SAME membership.




Mentoring a Fast Start Career

by Jason Sweet, GISP, PMP and Merrill Watt, P.E. F.SAME  


For many students, choosing Spring Break activities becomes a hot topic as soon as the Spring Semester begins.  Do I try to get in a few extra days of work or do I spend a few days at the beach?


For University of Kansas mechanical engineering student Eric Reichling, the choice was seeking mentoring and conducting a fast start career search through print and on-line resources.  After a one-on-one mentoring session with GKC Post SAME Fellow Merrill Watt, the party was on. No beaches here; Eric was scheduling interviews. 


Focusing on what you want in a career, determining the process to attain it, then planning and scheduling the effort to reach the goal are vital.  Finding an outstanding opportunity requires, and is worth, the effort.  "Think about outreach to a mentor with experience and best practices knowledge," advises Watt.  That is what Eric did and after two hours he was independently on-line finding promising opportunities for a Mechanical Engineer Internship during the summer of 2014.

Opportunities exist in many settings.  Watt advises, "Tailor your approach to fit the circumstances."  Kansas State University SAME student chapter members created a successful crowd-sourcing approach to identifying opportunities.  Five members of the new student chapter attended the 6th Annual Industry Day event hosted by GKC SAME March 31-April 2, 2014.  Over three hundred attendees representing large and small companies from over 40 states became the students' opportunities.  The students encountered Watt at the event, who planted the seed of an "elevator speech" to sell themselves to prospective employers. A short while later, two of the students reported back on the success of their elevator speech!  "We met an attendee on the elevator with a name tag that said, 'Environmental Company.' When the doors closed we introduced ourselves," said Laura Wilson, junior in Bio-Ag Engineering.  "To our surprise the response was 'Give me your business cards.'  We presented our resumes with contact information and qualifications. Our first contact was completed in about 15 seconds, just as the elevator doors opened!"


2013 Lab Data   
Events In Review
April Post Luncheons


April 3, 2014; Ft. Riley Field Chapter, Ft. Riley Conference Center


Agenda: Presentation of de Fleury Awards


Topic: Presentation on Brigade Engineer Battalions

Presenter: Jeff Williamson, Director of Public Works




   April 8, 2014; GKC Post, Manny's Mexican


   Joint SAME, MSPE, KSPE Luncheon

   Topic: "Perspectives on the Royals 2014
   prospects, the NFL Draft, the College
   Basketball Season and Other Topics of
                                                               Presenter: Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star



May Luncheon

 May 13, 2014; GKC Post, Brio Tuscan Grill, KCMO

Topic:  "Doing Business with the U.S. General Services Administration"


Presenter: Zach Hawks, LEED AP, Branch Management Division Chief, GSA Public Building Services


Link to GSA Green Proving Ground Program:

 GSA Green Proving Ground


Attachment: IDIQ Contract R6 Holds


June Luncheon


June 12, 2014; Plaza III Steakhouse, KCMO


Topic:  "The NextGEN National Airspace system: Continuing Development, Testing and Implementation"


Presenter: Joe Miniace, FAA Central Regional Administrator


25-Year Service Recognition 

At the MW EME Board meeting on June 13, 2014, Greg Sherf was recognized for his 25 years of financial adviser services. Presenting him with a Post Coin was MW EME President and GKC Post President Ann Ewy. 


Thank you, Greg Sherf of Merril Lynch for 

your 25 years as the Post's financial advisor!   


GKC Post Member Spotlight


Name, Title and Employer

David Howe, P.E., FSAME

Operations Manager, Marketing and Communications, Water Business, Black & Veatch 


What is your position with Greater Kansas City Post?

When I join an organization I try to be an active and participating member. As a member of the Greater Kansas City Post I have been fortunate to have been involved on many committees and involved on the Board Directors (several different terms) and Officer Positions including serving as Greater Kansas City Post President in 1989-1990. I am currently a member of the Council of Fellows; a member of the Industry Day Planning Committee; and serve as the Post Historian, perhaps something that comes with being around for a long time. 


What is your "day job"?

Much like my experience and involvement with the Greater Kansas City Post, I have the pleasure of working with a number of highly qualified professionals. I try to provide leadership and guidance that can help motivate the professionals to develop exceptionally creative and client serving solutions to today's issues while also looking to the future. In the course of a day I help provide department level management that supports the marketing and communications of activities of the Water Business of Black & Veatch. 


How did you become involved with SAME ?

I joined the Greater Kansas City Post in 1978 shortly after graduation from college and shortly after starting at Black & Veatch. I was asked by a colleague to attend a Post meeting and then ultimately to join. Attending the first meeting as a guest was a very positive experience and I am glad that I followed through and joined. The same approach to membership recruitment exists today. The best way to encourage a coworker or associate to join the Greater Kansas City Post is to personally ask them to join.


What role has SAME played in your professional life?

I have developed and learned a lot of leadership skills by serving on committees and in Officer and Board positions. I have also improved my organizational and decision making capabilities all of which I have applied in my personal life and professional career. The Greater Kansas City Post has provided an opportunity to expand my social network meeting many new friends and colleagues that I wouldn't have met otherwise. I have taken the leadership skills that I learned through SAME and have since applied them to other professional organizations that I belong to including serving as the State President of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in 2012-2013.


What SAME accomplishment are you most proud of?

Things that I am most proud of include being part of an action-oriented organization that has made a difference to the community and the engineering profession. This has happened through volunteering and participating on the planning for several Regional and National SAME conventions in Kansas City and participating on the planning committee for the very successful Industry Day events. These activities and events have helped raise funds and contributed to the establishment and growth of the Merrill Watt Education and Mentoring Endowment, a real asset of the Post that can and has made a difference.


What would you like to see the Greater Kansas City Post accomplish in the near future?

The leadership of the Greater Kansas City Post is on a great path. Under the guidance and leadership of Post President Ann Ewy and through the vision and efforts of many others the Greater Kansas City Post is doing the right thing - focusing on the future. The Greater Kansas City Post actively supports student chapters at several area colleges including a dynamic Student Post at the UMKC SCE; it continually seeks opportunities to support STEM programs in the Greater Kansas City area; it has a great track record of being a mentor for Student Summer Camps; and it actively encourages and promotes professional registration through PE refresher courses. These are all the right things to be doing and I am proud to be a member of an organization with such vision and energy.


What benefits do you see for our community through SAME's work?

As noted above the Greater Kansas City Post has supported the community in many ways but the biggest impacts are in the investment in STEM related programs and education. I also believe that the Merrill Watt Education and Mentoring Endowment, created through the vision of Merrill Watt, Past Post President Col. Mike Rossi and many others, can have the biggest impacts to the community in the future. The opportunities are limitless. As a Post we need to find ways to support the community now and into the future in a sustainable way. Having the Endowment gives the Post extra ways to do that. Additionally, the community benefits from the Greater Kansas City Post as we continue to always support and carryout one of its core missions; that is the cooperation, networking and coordination between the public sector and the private sector to be prepared to respond in the event of a national crisis or natural disaster.


What would you say to an individual thinking about getting involved with Greater Kansas City Post? 

I would say that if you are interested in being a part of a dynamic and mission-guided professional organization that truly makes a difference, then the Greater Kansas City Post has a place for you. The Greater Kansas City Post has a reputation for making things happen, not for sitting back and waiting. Join the Post; get involved; and in doing so give back to the community and our future. Post President Ann Ewy and the Officers and Board of Directors have a place for you and activities that you can participate in. It worked for me, it can work for you.

SM Wilson

New Members   

From the GKC Post 

Sustaining Memberships

Nathan Weaver, Young Member Rep: S.M. Wilson & Co

Jeff Bartz, Young Member Rep: Lamp, Rynearson & Associates

Robert Edwards, Leidos

Peter Vaccaro, TranSystems

Tim Kalinowski, BMK Corporation

Charles Arthur, URS Corp

Francke Walberg, URS Corp

Jessi Veach, Young Member Rep, URS Corp

Rebecca Warnken, Young Member Rep, URS Corp

Jeff Bartz, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates

Jessica Kidwell, Young Member Rep, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Wayne Smith, URS Corp

Richard Terry, DLR Group

Rodney Oathout, DLR Group

Troy Thompson, DLR Group

Eric Loos, Young Member Rep, DLR Group

Jonathan Draheim, Young Member Rep, DLR Group


Individual Memberships

CPT Craig Bryant, U.S. Army

Paul Konnik, Eurofins Environment Testing

MAJ Michael Garling, US Army

Kyle Anibas, New Young Member

Bill Reetz, A Better Earth, Inc.

CPT William Stinney, USA

CPT Michael Hall, USA



Annual Sponsors
Tepa, LLC (Tepa) is a Shared Services Organization that is owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (the Tribe).  We provide Corporate Business Management Services, enabling companies to focus on their core competencies and technical performance.  These services include Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, Business Development and Marketing Support.  Tepa was recently honored for those services when they won the 2013 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Award - Outstanding Support to DOD SB Programs.


Under the common administration and management of Tepa, LLC (Tepa), the Tribe has created the Nomlaki Companies, an organization of nine separate entities created to provide a toolbox of experience to our clients.  This experience includes construction and professional services that encompass engineering, design, construction, environmental, and technology.  The Nomlaki Companies have successfully executed more than 450 contracts and projects for federal clients.


The Nomlaki Companies, and other investments by the Tribe, have been able to provide services back to the Tribal Members and surrounding communities.  These services include providing medical clinics, scholarships for higher education, and the ability to provide grants to enhance the health, safety and education of Tehama County in northern California.
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.

Treasurer's Report:  For January - May 2014



Total Income:$101,144.66
Total Expenses:$30,993.34
Net Income:$70,151.32




Ann Ewy

President ('13)


Rob Rastorfer

Vice President ('13)


Melissa Kelley

Secretary ('13-'14)


Matt Turner

Treasurer ('12-'14)

Yaeger Architecture

Matt Metcalf

Immediate Past President ('12)


Scott Perkins

Director ('12-'14)

Quantum Spatial

Rex Ostrander

Director ('12-'14)


Steve Iverson

Director ('12-'14)


Kim Pemberton

Director ('13-'15)

Trekk Design

Bill Yord

Director ('13-'15)

RIC Infrastructure

Kevin Casey

Director ('13-'15)

US Army

Amy McCurdy

Director ('14-'16)

McCurdy Engineers

Jason Davis

Director ('14-'16)

Affinis Corp

Jason Sweet

Director ('14-'16)





Mark Loes

Education & Mentoring

LTC Kevin Casey

College Outreach

Neeli Langdon & Jason Sweet

PE Refresher Course

Andy Mashek


Bill Yord

K-12 Outreach

Hillary Weber


Jackie Hacker


Chris Prinslow


Clif Rope

Small Business

Amy McCurdy

Strategic Planning

Rob Rastorfer

Young Members

Melissa Kelley


Scott Perkins


Jason Sweet

Council of Fellows

Jerry Adams

E&M Endowment

Jerry Adams

Fort Riley Field Chapter

Rex Ostrander

Whiteman AFB Field Chapter

Christopher Prinslow


Dave Howe

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

Rich McCollum

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:
Jason Sweet, GISP, PMP, CFM
Once your check is received your ad will begin in the following issue.
Place your article in the newsletter!
If you have articles you would like published in the quarterly newsletter, please send them to
Deborah English, P.E., SCS Engineers at  [email protected].


Sustaining Members

5H Technologies � AECOM � Affinis Corp. � AMEC � American Legacy/Rand Construction � ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie � Argus Consulting Arrowhead Contracting, Inc. � ASSET Group � Barr Engineering Co. � Bay West, Inc. � Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc. � Bibb Engineers  � Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. � BMK Corporation, Inc. � Brown and Caldwell  � Burns & McDonnell � Cabrera Services, Inc. � CAPE � CB&I � CDM Smith � CH2MHILL � Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. � Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. � CORE Contruction Services � CTI and Associates, Inc. � Cyntergy AEC � EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. � Eaton Corporation � ECC � ECO Constructors LLC � Ecology & Environment, Inc. � EMR, Inc. � Family Environmental Compliance Services � GBA Architects and Engineers � GLMV Architecture, Inc. � Greenhorne & O'Mara � Greenleaf Construction Co., Inc. � H.W. Lochner, Inc. � Hanson Professional Service Inc. � HDR � Health Facilities Group, LLC  � HMN Architects �  Horner & Shifrin Inc. � HydroGeoLogic Inc. � JE Dunn Construction � Kaw Valley Engineering � Kennedy/Jenks Consultants � Kleinfelder � Lamp, Rynearson &Associates, Inc. � LEO A DALY � LMG Construction Services LLC � Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) � LRS Federal LLC � Mark One Electric Co., Inc. � Mason & Hanger � Massman Construction Co. � McTech Corporation � ME Group, Inc. � Mead & Hunt, Inc. � Micah Group Energy & Environmental � Midland Surveying, Inc. � MW Builders � Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.  Parsons � Patti Banks Associates dba Vireo � Poole Fire Protection, Inc. � Professional Environmental Engineers Inc. � Professional Services Industries, Inc. � Remediation Services, Inc. � Rialto Building Rosemann & Assoc. PC � S.M. Wilson & Co �  Science Applications International Corp. � SCS Engineers � Sealaska Constructors � SEH � Seneca Companies, Inc. � Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. � Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. � SHE � Siemens Industries, Inc. � Smith & Loveless Inc. � Smith Seckman Reid Inc. � Spica Consulting � Stanley Consultants Inc. � Stantec, Inc. � Strategic Value Solutions, Inc. � Tepa, LLC � Terracon Consultants, Inc. � TerranearPMC, LLC � Tetra Tech, Inc. � The Louis Berger Group, Inc. � The S.M. Stoller Corporation � The Walsh Group  � Tidewater, Inc. � TMG Services Inc. � Tompkins Architects � TranSystems � TREKK Design Group � URS Corporation � Wilson & Company, Inc. � Woolpert, Inc. � Yaeger Architecture