Third day of 2013 JETC: Post Awards and Meet the Chiefs
On May 23, the Post Streamer Awards Ceremony was held during the 2013 JETC Post Awards and Annual Breakfast Meeting. SAME President Anthony Leketa, P.E., F.SAME, SES (Ret.), Parsons, presented the awards to the following SAME Regions and Posts: TEXOMA, Southwest, South Central, South Atlantic, Rocky Mountain, Pacific, Ohio Valley, Northwest, North Atlantic, New England, Missouri River, Middle Atlantic, Lower Mississippi, Great Lakes, Europe and Carolinas.
The Meet the Chiefs session was another highlight of the day, featuring three Engineering Service Chiefs discussing the current and future programs within their respective services. SAME President Tony Leketa, P.E., F.SAME, SES (Ret.), Parsons, served as moderator.
Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Byers, USAF, The Civil Engineer, HQ USAF; Rear Adm. Katherine L. “Kate” Gregory, P.E., CEC, USN, Commander, NAVFAC, and Chief of Civil Engineers; and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, P.E.,USA U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, USACE; were scheduled for the session. Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory was unable to attend so Capt. Clifford M. Maurer, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC, Southwest, took her place.
Acquisition strategies, environmental issues, BRAC and organizational shifts were hot topics. The Chiefs repeatedly mentioned the need for alternative funding from private industries. At the end of the session, time was allotted for audience to ask questions.
Last on the schedule is Technical Tour: Behind the Scenes at Seaworld, scheduled Friday, May 24. For most, like the SAME HQ staff, the third day marks the end of 2013 JETC. Thank to you all the volunteers and especially to John Moossazadeh and Gita Murthy of the San Diego Post who served as Conference Co-Chairs.
Goodbye San Diego!