Post President's Message
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the SAME Washington DC Post president for calendar year 2014. I want to thank Matt Pape for his dedication and leadership while serving as the 2013 president. He expertly hands over a financially sound Post that provided its members a quality program throughout the year. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with our board members. They all have graciously volunteered their time and talents to ensure our Post continues to provide its members value including professional development, community outreach, relationship building, and support to our uniformed services.
By way of introduction, I am Cameron Manning, currently serving as the Director of Project Analysis, Oversight and Review in the Office of Acquisition and Project Management for the National Nuclear Security Administration (part of the Department of Energy). My first civilian job after retiring was with NAVFAC Washington serving as the Deputy Operations Officer. My final tour after 24 years of Active duty was as the Director for Construction for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). In each of these capacities, I had the honor to work with many Government and non-Government organizations, Architecture and Engineering firms, Construction firms, Environmental Service firms and many facility service providers. I look forward to continuing my relationships and building new ones as we collectively work towards ensuring we have an active SAME Post. My objectives over the next 12 months are simple:
I believe our active members should reach out to the 1700 individual members and sustaining firms to ensure they know all that the post has to offer them and to give them every opportunity to enjoy the benefits of their membership including: our luncheon and educational programs; professional development offerings; and relationship building events.
I would like to ensure the wonderful outreach efforts that the post undertakes are fully supported by our membership including our efforts with school age children, young members, our Field and Student Chapters, other industry associations (ACEC, CMAA to name a few), and most importantly our wounded warriors.
Also, I would like to help the post expand our efforts to engage with the uniformed services to ensure our civilian membership understands what our war-fighters need and the best way to provide it,
Finally I’d like to ask everyone in the SAME Washington Post to work in partnership with the Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge and Central Virginia Posts to host a successful Mid Atlantic Regional Conference in November.
Thank you for this unique opportunity, and I look forward to serving you.
Cameron A. Manning, PE
CAPT, CEC, USN(Ret)
President, Washington, DC Post
Society of American Military Engineers