February 2016 Newsletter

Dr Lever SpeakingOur February joint meeting with the Green Building Council focused on school construction. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Lever. There are over 880,000 students in 24 school systems in Maryland. They are spread out in 1,400 buildings with an average age of 28 years. Of those buildings, 52% pre-date 1990 and 36% were built in the 1960’s and ’70’s, so they are energy inefficient. Dr. Lever indicated that they are making strides in energy efficiency for schools; 20 have achieved LEED certification and two will be built net zero. The premium for LEED over standard construction is approximately 3-5%. There is much work to be done; one estimate puts the cost to fully modernize the entire fleet of schools at $20 billion. Baltimore City alone has a multi-billion dollar plan to build over 20 schools.


Post Participates in Charm Challenge 3!

On 18 November at the Baltimore Port Coast Guard Yard, LTC Mike Ruppert lead a combined team from SAME, USACE, and DOD participating in the Charm Challenge 3 hosted by the Federal Executive Board and Commander, USCG Yard Baltimore. This multi-faceted exercise include presentations by the Baltimore Police, FBI Baltimore Field Office, FEMA Region 3, and a scenario based table top exercise. The exercise helped participating organization understand local, federal, and regional resources available to individual agencies in planning, preparation, and execution of a threat based Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) response. An after action review and shared lessons learned were facilitated by FEMA personnel.

The day proved to be a great learning opportunity for all. The team and hosted discussions facilitated a review of organizational COOP plans and areas for improvement. SAME attendees included LTC Ruppert, Stacy Kahatapitiya, and Randy Westfall. Additionally, 5 USACE and 1 DOD personnel participated.Coast Guard Yard


YMs Run the Bay

Members ran across the Bay Bridge, Again!

LTC Ruppert, Denise Tegtmeyer and the running crewOn Nov. 8, a team of 20 runners representing the SAME Baltimore Post participated in the second annual 10K Across the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run was a 6.2-mi run starting near the base of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the western shore of the bay. The race took runners over the 4.35-mi bridge that towers nearly 200-ft above Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Post team was comprised of individuals from 12 member organizations and included first time race participants as well as seasoned runners.

Congratulations to all who participated in the race! Stay tuned for more SAME team races next fall.


January Inaugural Webinar

In January, we abandoned our usual dinner meeting in favor of a webinar focusing on energy issues. It was a great success with nearly 90 members participating! While the logistics were challenging, we will likely have another webinar in the future.

WebinarPresentations included military energy security (Army, Navy, and specific to Ft. Detrick), the state of the shale gas market, and Maryland’s largest construction project, the Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG terminal. The presentation slides can be downloaded from our website.

January 2015 Newsletter

DoD Environmental Initiatives About 120 attended the meeting and workshop held on January 21. Ms. Kristine Kingery, Director, Army Sustainability Policy, was our keynote speaker. She spoke about several emerging sustainability issues of interest to the Army:Ms. Kingery addressing the Post

  • The net zero pilot program which both Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground participate in;
  • Enhanced energy and water security;
  • Aggressive green procurement policies;
  • Net zero policy for contingency (e.g., forward operating) bases which will save lives; and
  • Going beyond net zero to include hazardous waste, training lands, alternative fuels, and climate change emissions.

Ms. Kingery spoke of a real-life example of applying sustainability principles involving a training exercise. The Army was practicing a large food drop with actual meals ready to eat (MREs). No one wanted to eat the food once it had been used in that manner and it would go to waste. The Army training leaders weighed the food and used an equivalent weight of other material for the exercise, saving the food.

Midshipmen enjoying dinnerWe also had students attend this meeting. Ten members of our student post at the Naval Academy attended the dinner along with three of our scholarship recipients.

Send Your High Schooler to SAME Summer Camp

Applications being accepted!

The Post offers two summer camp scholarships (reduced camp registration and travel costs) to high school rising juniors or seniors. Summer camp information and applications are available at the National website. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are offering one-week camps with high energy, hands-on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services.

Stipend Available for Fellows!

Attend the Investiture Luncheon

The SAME Fellows Luncheon is held annually, just prior to the Fellows Investiture, to welcome new Fellows into the Academy and to encourage networking among new and present Fellows. The luncheon is for Fellows only, which includes the Class of 2015.To encourage attendance by Baltimore Post Fellows, a stipend is available to help defer costs to attend the Luncheon and/or Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. Please contact Denise Tegtmeyer, FSAME, by Feb. 25 for details and to apply.

Also, please plan to join us in supporting our newest Baltimore Post Fellow, Matt Wallace, as he is invested into the Academy. The SAME Fellows Investiture will take place immediately preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner starting at 5PM. The Investiture is free and open to all SAME Members and Class of 2015 family and friends, and reservations are not required.

Scholarships Awarded!

Post awards 10 scholarships

Engineering scholarshipsThe Post’s, Education and Mentoring Committee awarded a total of 10 scholarships in 2014. Awardees included students from institutions within the footprint of the Post membership, including the University of Maryland, UMBC, Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Delaware. Consistent with our mission, the students majors included computer science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and bioengineering. We have received “thank you” messages and emails from the awardees including letters of appreciation from the institutions.

Assisting Homeless Veterans

Activities in support of The Baltimore Station

Meal for veteransThe Philanthropic Committee periodically sponsors dinners at The Baltimore Station. Volunteers arrive around 5PM, don hair nets, and prepare a meal for the veterans. Our latest event was on 20 January and was sponsored by JMT. But its not all about preparing dinner. One of the goals of our events is to interact with the veterans, which is a vital part of their therapy and process to re-enter society productively. They typically have stories to tell of their time serving our country. Won’t you consider sponsoring or attending our next event? We also have an opportunity to help design and build a restorative meditation garden on a lot adjacent to The Baltimore Station’s Baltimore headquarters.