SAME Jax Post Officers
CAPT Doug Morton, USN
1st Vice President b. Education a
COL Al Pantano, USA
2nd Vice President
Mike Holm, MACTEC
Junior Vice President
Jason Goldstein, MACTEC
David Hughley, AIA, RS&H for
Brian Files, Parsons
South Atlantic Regional VP
Mike Blount, Balfour Beatty
Editor/Designer—Christina Swanson November 2009
Managing Coordinator—Ron Hilton
The Society of American Military Engineers, Jacksonville Post Newsletter
Presentations, Partnering and Networking Highlight Annual Event
Business Opportunities Event Great Success
By Tom Fallen
SAME Jax Post Director
The “Business Opportunities with the
Government” breakfast, workshop and
lunch was a huge success. The day started
with the “Sustaining Member” breakfast
that completely filled the room with more
than 90 persons. Each person introduced
themselves and told what firm they were
with. The breakfast speaker was CAPT
Doug Morton, CEC, USN, NAVFAC
Southeast and the Post President. CAPT
Morton reviewed the current “state of
affairs” talking about collaboration
between industry and NAVFAC while
focusing on safety. He invited everyone to
attend the Safety Symposium, hosted by
NAVFAC, that is coming up at the
University of North Florida on November
17 to address the large number of
construction fatalities that have occurred
Next, everyone adjourned to a conference COL Al Pantano, Jacksonville District Engineer and Post 1st Vice-President,
room that was again overflowing with over left, Jack Rintoul, PE, PMP, Deputy District Engineer for Project
170 persons. COL Al Pantano, USA, Management, BG(P) Todd Semonite, USA, USACE, South Atlantic Division,
LTC Dave London, Deputy District Engineer, Savannah District, share
Commander, Jacksonville District Corps of career opportunities with the Corps of Engineers at the conference.
Engineers shared the spotlight with Jack
Continued on Page 4
Thanks for Your Support…
Golf Scholarship Tournament Record Year
The Jacksonville Post sends a warm thank you to all
the sponsors who graciously contributed more than
$28,400 and numerous prizes to the SAME Ken
Butrym College Scholarship Golf Tournament and
Social. The continued support and contribution of local
businesses is the reason the Jacksonville scholarship
program is one of the largest of all post’s in the SAME
This was the fifteenth Annual College Scholarship
Golf Tournament. After all expenses, $18,000 will be
available for the scholarship fund.
On a beautiful day at The Windy Harbor Golf Club at
NS Mayport, there were 113 golfers. The first place
team (for a 2nd year in a row from Pond &
Company!) included: Ed Galbavy, Hugh Lynn Westbrook, left, Sherry Hall, Marcy Cook and Tom
Giggleman, Michael Panczykowski, and Chuck Fallin strike a pose.
Walker. They shot a gross 58. They defeated
numerous 2nd place teams who all shot 64s. The team
that showed the biggest need for improvement was the
team from PARSONS (Jason Aberdeen, Katie
McCallion, Erik Powers, and Amanda Watson). They
shot an 84 but had a great time! Scott Steele
After the reception and dozens of raffle prizes were of PBS&J
given away, 14 brave individuals tested their skills in won the 2nd
the 2nd Annual No-limit Texas Hold’em Social Event
hosted by the Young Members Committee. Scott Hold’em
Steele of PBS&J walked away as the big winner as Social Event.
he dominated the final table.
Intense focus by Mike Blount and team.
2 The Post Script
Special Thanks to our Sponsors…
Aerostar Environmental Services
Castle Engineering Promoting Future
Civil Services Engineers
Energy Systems Group
Greenhorne & O’Mara Patron Sponsors
Keville Enterprises CSO Architects
Pond and Company Special Thanks
Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
Suffolk Construction England, Thims & Miller, Inc.
Taylor Engineering IAP-Hill, LLC
RAM Professional Group RS&H
Weston Solutions National Graphic Imaging, Inc.
Tournament Volunteers: Al Walker,
Corps of Engineers; Lynne James, IAP-Hill;
AMEC Tom Fallin and Kandice Schaffer, ETM and
DRMP Carlos Cepero, CSI.
Jones Edmunds & Associates
Kiewit Federal …And all the staff at Windy Harbor Golf
MACTEC Club… job well done!
RS & H
Tetra Tech EC
Tetra Tech NUS
Clementi Environmental Consulting
Government Contracting Resources
Shannon and Wilson
November 2009 3
Business Opportunities Event
Continued from Page 4
Rintoul, PE, PMP, Deputy District
Engineer for Project Management and
Steve Duba, Engineering Division Chief,
discussing opportunities with the
Jacksonville District. Significant current
projects were highlighted including the
Portugues Dam and the Herbert Hoover
Dike Refurbishment Projects.
They were followed by CAPT Doug
Morton, CEC, USN, who presented
“NAVFAC Southeast; Opening the Door to
Navy Business Opportunities”. After a
short break for networking with the
attendees, LTC Dave London, Deputy
District Engineer, Savannah District, Corps
of Engineers spoke about “Military
Opportunities with the Savannah District
Corps of Engineers”. The next speaker
was LTC Darren Payne, Deputy District
Engineer, Mobile District, USACE who
introduced his district’s programs and CAPT Doug Morton, CEC, USN, and Jax Post President, shares
opportunities. the latest on “NAVFAC Southeast; Opening the Door to Navy
We then adjourned to another meeting Business Opportunities”.
room for the luncheon and had around 150
persons for lunch. The luncheon speaker
was BG(P) Todd Semonite, USA, USACE,
South Atlantic Division, who shared the
many diverse projects in his division.
The afternoon matchmaking session
allowed for networking and partnering
activities. There were 10 large businesses
and 28 small businesses. The small
business advocates for the Jacksonville,
Savannah, and Mobile Districts were
present. Tables were arranged throughout
the room for large businesses while the
small business attendees were hopping
from table to table making introductions
and starting business relationships.
The lunch and workshop presentations
are posted on the Jacksonville Post web
site at www.samejax.org .
More Photos on Page 7
The luncheon speaker, BG(P) Todd
Semonite, USA, USACE, South Atlantic
Division, talks about civil works program
trends and the many diverse projects in
4 The Post Script
Network with SAME, ASCE and FES!
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
LOCATION: Ramada Inn- Mandarin
1-295 & State Road 13
3130 Hartley Road
11:30 -- 12:00 noon Registration and
12:00 -- 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Society
12:30 -- 1:15 p.m. Speaker
SPEAKER: Michael Ornella,
Recovery Program Manager
USACE, Jacksonville District
TOPIC: USACE, Jacksonville District
COST: $17.00 ($20.00 w/o reservation)
$10.00 for UNF Students
Steamed Vegetable Medley
Twice Baked Potatoes
Rolls & Butter
Key Lime Pie
Coffee, Lemonade & Iced Tea
RESERVATIONS: RSVP to Brett
Manzie at 904-733-8150 x4857 or
Brett.Manzie@CH2M.com by 12 noon,
Thursday, November 12th. Checks made
payable to “ASCE” will be collected at the
registration table. Reservations must be
guaranteed, “no shows” will be billed for the
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Make Plans Now for Service Projects:
Builder’s Care—Jan 16, 2010; Habijax—Jan 30, 2010
6 The Post Script
Kandice Lennon, Castle Engineering, left,
and Brian Files, Parsons, oversee the
Participants enjoyed the “Speed Dating” event which had 10
large and 28 small businesses, and was supported by the small
business advocates for USACE.
Poker Fund Raiser Top, left, LTC Darren Payne, Deputy District
Engineer, Mobile District, and above, right,
LTC Dave London, Deputy District Engineer,
Savannah District share opportunities with
the Corps of Engineers at the conference.
Above: Bill Price, left, and Mike Holm, and, right, Paul
Grosskruger, Scott Steele and Eugene Yerkes play for
a good cause.
November 2009 7
More Event Photos…
It was an event-filled day of
golf and poker tournament
fund raisers to support
engineering. Above: Tim
Gysan, left, Doug
McCutcheon and others
enjoy poker night.
8 The Post Script
Readiness & Homeland Security…
Avoiding the H1N1 Pandemic
CAPT Bill Vaughan, Jax Post Readiness and Homeland
Security Committee, shared these tips to help keep 4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once
members well: every day with warm salt water . Not everybody may
Visit the Centers for Disease Control for current use a Neti pot (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal
questions and answers relating to the H1N1 flu by going to cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/. swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in
Remember your mother’s rule of thumb about having a warm salt water is very effective in bringing down
fever and being contagious does not work with this virus. viral population. Neti pots and sinus rinse kits are
A person can be contagious both before and after having a available at the drug store and inexpensive….under
fever. Also, a person can have the flu, and respiratory $15.
infection, without a fever.
From the website: 5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are
“How long can an infected person spread this virus to rich in Vitamin C . If you have to supplement with
others? People infected with seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to
shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day boost absorption.
before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer
in some people, especially children and people with 6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as
weakened immune systems and in people infected with the you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect
new H1N1 virus.” as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off
proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach
Preventing Swine Flu
where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and
Thyroid specialist) shares the following:
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and
mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost
impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite
of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a
problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any
symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent
proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of
secondary infections, some very simple steps, can be
practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing.
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to
touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or
Special Thanks to Al Walker for his photography of
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if Business Opportunities and the Golf/Poker Events
you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial
infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show The Post Script welcomes
characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents Post Script your contributions…
proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the Deadline is the 18th of each month, subject to editing. Contact the
same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an Editor at the Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 4970, CESAJ-ACE-IT,
infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019; email at christina.m.swanson
and powerful preventative method. @usace.army.mil; or call (904) 232-3065. Jax Post Website:
http://www.samejax.com Or http://www.samejax.org
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Aerostar Environmental Services
A.H. Environmental Consultants
2009-2010 Jax Post
AMEC Earth & Environmental
Joint Luncheons Schedule
Asset Group, Inc.
Balfour Beatty Construction
Bauer Foundation Date Host Topic
BCI Engineers & Scientists Nov 17, 2009 ASCE Jax District Recovery Prg.
Boart Longyear E&I Drilling Services Dec 15, 2009 SAME Corporate Information Tech.
Bowyer-Singleton Associates, Inc. Jan 19, 2010 FES
B.P. Barber Feb 16, 2010 SAME Combat Engineering
BRPH Companies, Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Mar 16, 2010 SAME Efficient design & Const.
Burns & McDonnell April 20, 2010 ASCE
Burns and Roe Services Corporation
CAD Concepts, Inc.
May 18, 2010 FES UNF Presentations
Castle Engineering, LLC June 15, 2010 SAME Readiness & Homeland
CCI, Inc. Security
CDM Federal Programs Corps.
CEMS Engineering, Inc.
Charles Perry Construction Feb 2010 Engineers Week Schedule
Cherokee Enterprises, Inc Kick-off Luncheon - Feb 12, 2010 (location TBD)
Civil Services, Inc.
Clementi Environmental Consulting, LLC
Career Day - Feb 19, 2010 (Prudential Building)
Collins Engineers, Inc. Banquet - Feb 20, 2010 (location TBD)
CORE Engineering and Construction, Inc.
Dial, Cordy & Associates, Inc. Note: Joint luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at
Dominion Engineering Group about noon. Cost is $17.00/person with following exception: When
Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt, Inc. SAME hosts charge is $10.00/person for Public Agency members
Dynamac Corporation (Navy, COE and COJ) of the Jacksonville Post.
Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Elkins Constructors, Inc.
Energy Systems Group
Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Environmental Services, Inc.
GAI Consultants, Inc. Welcome New
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
GCR, Inc. Sustaining Members…
GEC, Inc. Asset Group, Inc.
Golder Associates, Inc. McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc.
Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc. RWA, Inc.
Ground Hound Detection Services, Inc.
Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Huryn Justice General Contractors
J2 Engineering, Inc.
J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc.
J.R. Giese Operations, LLC
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Jordan, Jones & Goulding Nobles Consulting Group, Inc.
4 The Post ScriptCompany, Inc.
Keville Enterprises, Inc. Parsons Taylor Engineering Company
Kiewit Federal Group PBS&J, Inc. TEC Inc.
Kira, Inc. Pond & Company Tetra Tech
LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc. Premier Communications Group, Inc. The Atlantic Group, LLC
Lowe Engineers Preferred Veterans Construction LLC The Haskell Company
MacDonald-Bedford LLC Professional Services Industries, Inc. The R-A-M Professional Group, Inc.
MACTEC Engineering and Consulting R2T The Shaw Group, Inc.
Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. RBC Construction Corporation TranSystems
Many Waters Resource Network, Inc Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc. URS Corporation
Mason & Hanger Rosser International, Inc. VT Services
McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. Royal Concrete Concepts Weston Solutions, Inc.
Metro Engineering and Surveying RWA, Inc. Woolpert
Moffatt & Nichol SaniGlaze International, Inc
Science Applications International Corp
NAVFAC Southeast PWD Kings Bay
Shannon and Wilson, Inc.
Stanley Consultants, Inc. Now and in the Future