SAME March Madness Underway!

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The FY2015 DOD & Federal Agency Program Briefings kicked off Tuesday morning at 8:00 am sharp, with a DOD Executive Panel moderated by SAME President Rear Adm. Gary Engle, F.SAME, USN (Ret.). Adm. Engle was joined onstage by leaders from the Army Corps of Engineers, Army Installation Management Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Air Force Civil Engineering.

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Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, USA, Deputy Commanding General of USACE and Deputy Chief of Engineers, provided an update on USACE’s mission focuses this year, including civil works, MILCON investments and Superstorm Sandy recovery projects in the Northeast. He also addressed the need to support soldiers and their families, rebuild morale among civilian employees after the sequestration and furloughs of 2013, and emphasized USACE’s commitment to STEM initiatives as the nation inspires, educates and trains its future engineers.

Capt. John Heckmann, CEC, USN, Deputy Commander for Operations, HQ NAVFAC, highlighted several of the Navy’s mission areas, including a focus on energy. Mark Correll, SES, Deputy Air Force Civil Engineer, explained how the Air Force is examining reorganization and strategic changes to its installation management operations, and that industry should watch for new ways they may do business with the service. Correll touched on several Air Force areas of investment including a focus on energy and exploring P4 (public-private and public-public) initiatives. He also alluded to a reduction in SRM funding in the near term as the Air Force looks to budget for longer-term big ticket projects service-wide, such as aircraft. Maj. Gen. Al Aycock, USA, Director of Operations, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, focused on the Army’s mission to ensure its soldiers and families are supported on the installations where they work and live.

IMG_5048An open Q&A session followed, with each speaker providing insight on contracting and programming requirements, energy projects (including renewables and natural gas), and also how future items of interest, such as another BRAC, might come to be.

Sessions focused on a host of MILCON, Environmental and R&D programs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy and The Exchange will take place throughout the day. The FY15 DOD & Federal Agency Program Briefings are being held in Bethesda, Md. The business day leads into three more SAME events taking place as part of SAME March Madness. Tomorrow morning a seminar on Sustainbility Tools in Asset Management will be held, followed by the Academy of Fellows Investiture in the afternoon and the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner Wednesday night.

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