Hampton Roads and Peninsula Posts host Middle Atlantic Regional Conference in Virginia Beach

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The 2011 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference was held Nov. 1-3 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Va.  The event was co-hosted by SAME Hampton Roads and Peninsula Posts and included technical sessions, and tours and an informational expo featuring 150 exhibitors. In keeping up with the themes of “Professional Development Port of Call” and “Navigating the Tides of Change,” attendees were treated to a robust technical training that allowed for PDH/CEU credits.

The technical program was divided into five tracks and tackled topics such as: Military Programs, Energy, Water Resource Solutions, Joint Military Services and Professional Accreditation Workshop. Each track had a total of six one-hour sessions. The Water Resource Solutions track focused on the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Executive Order, implications of new TMDL requirements and actions on military bases in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to meet the new mandates were discussed. As the largest estuary in North America, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is 64,299 mi² and encompasses parts of almost all the mid-Atlantic states. The last session of each track consisted of Military Programs Briefings for the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard focused on a Regional perspective. As the last track, the certification program accreditation complemented the technical sessions to provide attendees information on professional certification, assistance in preparing applications, studying for accreditation exams and documenting military service for applicable credit.

Student Post cadets from the Virginia Military Institute participated in the Student Chapter Competition.

More than 500 attendees took advantage of the rigorous technical program, exhibits and full schedule of activities. Aside from the professional training sessions, attendees also competed and participated in prize drawings, a golf tournament, social activities and product presentations. Small and large businesses were represented and lounges were provided for relaxation and networking opportunities. Cadets from student chapters competed in an art contest using donated foods as construction materials. Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, George Mason University and University of Virginia cadets were present for the student chapter competition.

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