The mission of the Enlisted Community of Interest is to promote professional development for the Total Force enlisted community, oversee the integration of enlisted members throughout the spectrum of SAME operations; advocate and engage enlisted support of SAME's Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition, and provide value added to enlisted members; mentor enlisted members, and voice & address concerns of enlisted service members.


The Enlisted Committee is always looking for more enlisted members to get engaged. If you have interest in learning more about this community of interest and ways you can get involves, including filling one of the open leadership positions, contact 1SG Shane Payne, USA, COI Chair.

Benefits of Joining SAME

SAME offers a wide selection of benefits to enlisted members. From training to networking to testing reimbursement, SAME ensures our enlisted members can make an impact in the A/E/C industry. The mentoring and camaraderie created through the Enlisted Community of Interest can help you support your professional career. Learn more about the membership and join.

Attention Enlisted Members!!

Join Committee

You can join any of our communities through the Member Update Page. Join this community now!  

Want to know WHY you should join SAME?  Read this article by CMSgt Adam Boubede.



Read the interview with COI Chair 1st Sgt. Shane Payne, USA, 526th Engineer Construction Company, on his areas of focus since taking on the position of COI Chair, lessons learned from the challenges of the pandemic, and how the COI plans to continue to support enlisted SAME members into the future.

Read the interview on the SAME Bricks & Clicks blog

Community Chair

1SG Shane Payne, USA

Organization Structure

Vice Chair: MSgt Bradley Wilson, USAF

Secretary: VACANT (Ensures meeting agendas, action items, and discussions are properly recorded and promoted to the leadership team and membership.)

Vice Chair of Communications: SMSgt Adam Brady, USAF

Vice Chair of Professional Development: VACANT (Identifies opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the professional development of current service members and transitioning veterans into the AEC industry.)

Immediate Past Chair: MSgt Amanda Jones, USAF

COI Mentor: James R. Wirshing, SMSgt, USAF (ret)


COI Liaisons

STEM Liaison: TSgt Eric Tucker, USAF and TSgt Delray Moore, USAF
Represent the Enlisted COI on the K12 Outreach and Camps COIs

Young Professionals Liaison: Mitch Sisco, VTANG

Leader Development Liaison: CMSgt Philip McAlpin, Jr., USAF
Represents the Enlisted COI on the Leader Development COI


Service-branch Liaisons

Liaisons act as representatives for each individual service branch and provide direct outreach to all enlisted members respective to each branch. Liaisons serve as the primary POC for service related enlisted issues and work to enhance communication between COI and service specific personnel. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please contact 1SG Shane Payne, USA, COI Chair.

Guard/Reserve Liaison: SFC Tyler Jackson, ARNG

Army Liaison: VACANT

Navy Liaison: VACANT

Marine Liaison: MSgt Garey Tucker, USMC

Air Force Liaison: TSgt Kelvin Rodriguez, USAF

Coast Guard LiaisonMKCS John Wright, USCG



Stay Engaged

Enlisted COI Monthly Meeting

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Enlisted Monthly COI Meeting

Second Tuesday of the month | 0900 Hrs

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 332-659-805

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Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinars

To view past webinars, click here: Past Webinars – Login to view.  (Please note: You must be logged into your member account to access this link.)



Credentialing Assistance Program

SAME is continuing the Credentialing Assistance Program (CAP) to promote the professional development of SAME Young Professionals and Enlisted Members in support of the SAME Strategic Plan. The CAP serves to fulfill an objective which is to provide financial support for professional development, education, and mentoring initiatives to benefit our SAME members.

SAME will reimburse a portion of exam sitting or registration fees for Young Professional or Enlisted Member. The full program details and application are located here. For questions regarding the program and to submit your application, please contact Tim Dahms, YP Vice-chair for Credentialing.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

View the full program details. [PDF] | Download the application form. [PDF]


Veteran Transition Program
The SAME Transition Program directly addresses Goal 5, Objective 4 of the 2025 Strategic Plan: “Sponsor leader development, networking, mentoring, and job fair opportunities for transitioning servicemembers that connect them to trade labor unions, industry organizations, and other professional resources.”  Towards that end, SAME has held a Transition Workshop for more than 14 years.  Traditionally, it allowed sustaining members to make strategic hires from a pool of O6 and above candidates. The workshop has expanded to include junior officers and enlisted which sustaining members are in need of more than ever.

The 2021 Workshop was held virtually which allowed for more job seeker participation and the addition of a very popular mentoring component.  As the state of the market is favorable to job seekers, SAME is moving forward with an in-person event in February, 2022. Details are still TBD. 

View details of the 2021 Transition Workshop


SAME Module at Sergeants Major Course (in progress)

If we were able to send a representative to branch week, a week dedicated to educating members in their respective occupations (Engineer Branch), we could potentially recruit future Senior Enlisted Leaders as members. These members can then share their knowledge and experience of SAME to their future units and junior members. By providing this opportunity and using the SAME credentialing and training programs as incentive, engineer students attending the SMC would join and then encourage their junior enlisted members to join at their follow-on units. This will create a growth in recruitment and interest in the Society. The module is in-development. For more information, contact SMSgt Philip McAlpin, Jr.



Be better prepared for your job - in the service and beyond - by getting the right credentials now!  SAME can help.

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) has an extraordinarily broad group of professionals. That is what makes the society so unique. We are not a single profession talking about issues facing our nations infrastructure; we are collectively looking at the big picture to overcome challenges together. SAME is invested in providing its membership with the tools and resources to develop and advance their careers within the Architect/Engineer/Construction (A/E/C) Industry. The Credentialing Committee is meant for our members to understand the importance of credentials, what credentials apply to the A/E/C industry, and how to get and maintain them. SAME wants to provide our members with the resources to be successful in their pursuit for credentials.

Learn more about SAME's credentialing efforts