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UF SAME Chapter News for February 2019

We’ve got some exciting announcements from the UF Chapter of SAME:


The UF and UNF Chapters of SAME have been invited by both Capt. Monreal, the Commanding Officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE)  in addition to Capt. Manalo, NAVFAC SE’s Executive Officer. Additionally, this invitation has also been extended to our peers in ASCE as well. Due to the security and logistics involved, some planning is required to help coordinate for optimal attendance. I’d like to present to their leadership with our top date requests. They can help streamline approvals for getting us on base. If you could, please use the following Google Form to help put down your optimal days of the week and weeks remaining in the semester.

Our visit might also include a tour of NAS JAX’s P-8A simulators

Our Next SAME JAX Post Meeting

If you are available next week to take a trip to Jacksonville, our next meeting is Feb 20th.  Reply to this email to check and see if some of our free student spots are available. We can also coordinate travel / carpooling there, as well.


The SAME JAX Post awards $Thousands of scholarships each year and we are currently accepting scholarships. The deadline is April 30th. Please visit for more information.

Nominations for 2019 – 2020 Officers

If you are interested in serving as an officer for the next academic calendar year, please let me know what position you are interested in. If you are an existing officer and want to run for the same position, you are allowed to do so, per our (draft) Charter / Bylaws.

Future UF SAME meeting Save the Dates:

  • March 18th - Willard Shafer – a SAME Life Member, Registered Professional Engineer (retired), Past SAME Post President Guam), retired CEC, USN Captain and retired UF College of Engineering faculty member and Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.  He chaired the UF ROTC Committee for 5 years in the 1980s and Coordinated the Construction Engineering Management Graduate Program in Civil Engineering for 10 years. 


  • April 8th - Akea / Akea Design – a Gainesville area SAME Sustaining Member and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. They offer a variety of services ranging from Design Build, Construction Management, Facilities Planning, Environmental Compliance, and much more. They will be presenting on some of their latest projects supporting the DoD.


  • April 22nd -  Rob Smedley - RS&H – a Large A&E company, will be coming to discuss the emerging trend of Design-Build delivery in the AEC Industry.


Sign Up to Become a Member of SAME National and of our Sponsoring Jacksonville Post

Membership is Free for as long as you remain in school. School and graduation date is required.


Pics from Recent Meetings


Mr. John Gilreath of DRMP speaks on their GIS work associated with Ascension Island and UF’s CCTV Inspections

USAF Reserve Col. Bill Riehl speaks about his experiences  as Commander of the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron in Kirkuk Iraq. Also discussing his work supporting Genesee and Wymoing as their lead Structural Engineer, overseeing Nationwide bridge inspections.


Please feel free to forward this on to any friends you think would be interested in joining us.

You are receiving this email because of your interest in the UF Chapter of SAME.

Email me or your President, Ryan McCoy with any questions you might have.




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January 2019 Newsletter

Jan Luncheon – Another Great Success! 

We had a great kickoff to 2019 with retired Col. Danny KcKnight, best known for being portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down." Col. McKnight spoke on  successful leadership and commitment and his real world experience of October 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. This luncheon event drew well over 100 members and guests!

Click the picture in order to see the photo gallary for this event.

Pictures from SAME / SMSA Golf Tournament

We had a beautiful day for golf on Monday the 28th, following a weekend filled with 2 inches of rain in areas of North Florida. They day was mostly sunny with a chill in the air, and while the golf course was a bit soggy and the greens were fast, the company was excellent. Additionally, we had no reported broken windows or property damage from the residents of the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club due to stay drives.

This event helped raise a lot of great money in support of the SeaBee Memorial Scholarship in addition to helping support SAME JAX Post's College Scholarships. 



Upcoming Feb Luncheon Details

On February 20, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the River City Brewing Company, we will be welcoming Caren Anders, Vice President and General Manager of JEA.  Caren has lead responsibility for producing and delivering energy to JEA's 485,000 electric customers in a safe, reliable and cost-competitive manner, and in full compliance with regulatory objectives. In this role, she and her team are responsible for planning, constructing, operating and maintaining JEA’s electric system, including generation plants and transmission, substation and distribution systems. For more details or to register, please click here




Upcoming Events:



Seabee Ball Fundraiser Golf Tournament / Scramble

When: March 1

Where: The Golf Club at South Hampton

Cost: $75 per player

To register, Email LCDR Rick Buechel no later than Feb 15th



NAS/JAX Hiring Event

You are invited to participate in our upcoming NAS/JAX Hiring Event. Families and transitioning active duty & retirees will be attending, too!

All military branches, veterans & transitioning service members are invited.

WHEN:  May 4th , 2019
WHERE:  Naval Air Station Jacksonville
6801 Roosevelt Avenue
Jacksonville, FL32212
TIME:  10:00 AM to 2:00 pm 

Set-up 8:30 to 9:45

Base Location:  (TBD)

You must have current job listings to qualify for a free table at this event.

Please confirm at your earliest convenience. Email Penny Justice to reserve your table(s).



SAME Space Coast Small Business Expo

When: Feb 21

Where: Courtyard by Marriott – Cocoa Beach

For more Information Click Here


National Engineer’s Week: Engineers Annual Trivia Beers with Engineers

When: Thursday Feb 7th 6 - 9 pm

Where: Intuition Ale Works

Cost: $100 Pre-Registration, $150 at the door

Trivia will begin at 6:30pm at Intuition Ale Works. Event Team
Registrations taken until 6:15pm. Pre-Register your Team by February
st! Teams of 2-5 people. To Pre-Register, please email with Subject “Team Trivia” and
include your Team Name. Payment at the door.



NDIA "Amazing Grace" Defense Innovation Event


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Lexington Hotel & Conference Center

1515 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville, Florida 32207

For More Information Click Here




The Players Military Job Fair

Date: Saturday, March 9th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at TPC Sawgrass
Location: In The Patriots’ Outpost Military Hospitality Tent located near the 16th Tee of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass Parking: Free parking in Lot 6, near TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse

For More Information, Click Here



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