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Celebration and Auction Kicks off 2021 at the Anchorage Post

Celebrate with Us! Support our Education Fund and Activities by Bidding in Our Event Auction through February 25, 2021.

This limited time silent auction is open through February 25. 

Make your bid by creating an account with just name and email address (needed for communication while bidding occurs). As usual, great deals are to be had while supporting a great local cause !
Click to learn more and bid!


About Our Auction

As part of our 2021 Centennial Celebration, net proceeds will go to the BG Benjamin B. Talley Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Through the Fund, created in 1997 in honor of Brigadier General Benjamin B. Talley, a distinguished engineer popularly known as the father of military engineering in Alaska, the Anchorage Post contributed $258,500 (1999-2019) toward college scholarships for upper-division students in engineering and natural science degree programs.

A Board of Trustees, volunteers who are elected by the members of the Anchorage Post for three-year terms, is charged with management of the Fund. The Board holds quarterly meetings and works closely with a financial account manager First National Bank Alaska, who manages the Talley Fund primary endowment. The Board recently established a separate endowment with the Alaska Community Foundation which has ability to accept non-traditional donations in the form of non-traditional cash assets.





Register Today for Part 2 of the Celebration!

In lieu of our annual Dinner Gala and raffle, join us for a two part virtual Centennial Celebration giving honor to the SAME History, 2021 Board of Directors Installation, Military Awardees and Scholarship Recipients.Registration is open!!

Date and Time:

Part 1, Thursday, January 28, 2021; 1200 - 1300 - Celebration Kickoff

Part 2, Thursday, February 25, 2021; 1200 - 1300 - Celebration Conclusion

  • January activities will include a preview and opening of our online auction, door prizes, an update on post and BG Talley Fund activities, and installation of Officers & Board of Directors.
  • February activities will include the announcement of winning auction bidders, more door prizes, as well as military and student scholarship awards.
  • Both events will feature highlights of the rich history of Alaska and the SAME Anchorage Post based on a timeline authored by Colonel Patrick M.Coullahan, USAF (ret), P.E., F.SAME; John K. Magee, P.E., F.SAME; Maria Talasz, M.SAME and other collaborators, along with fun trivia contests. Preview this book at our website, SAME History In Alaska

Registration Details:


$5.00 for registration/attendance to both events to support the Anchorage Post and fees related to this event.

Online Meeting Invites for events will be sent out separately.

Details on our GoToMeeting venue will be available in our Calendar of Events at our Post website on the morning of the event:https://www.same.org/anchorage

We look forward to your participation!

SAME History of Alaska Book

Remembering those who can not be with us.



Discover the Post's History in this unique and illustrated "History of Alaska. 

Created by our own members to celebrate the Society's Centennial, the timeline takes us along major historic events in Alaska and shines light on the important military role in its development. From the early 1920's it includes the founding of SAME, it's beginnings in Alaska and the achievements of the Post and many of its members. Download your copy today!

High Resolution (21Mb): Click here to download the SAME History of Alaska document in high resolution
Reduced resolution (4Mb): Click here to download the SAME History of Alaska document in reduced resolution

Unique and engaging timeline of Alaska, engineering in Alaska, and The Society of American Military Engineers.

Two Anchorage SAME Post Fellows, both former Post Presidents—with over 95 years of combined Society membership have developed an engaging timeline of Alaska and The Society of American Military Engineers.  

It is in celebration of the 100th year of this great Society.  The two, Colonel Patrick M. Coullahan, P.E., USAF (ret) and John K. Magee, P.E., along with input from more that 30 others, many of them Fellows and Past Anchorage Post Presidents have described Alaskan events, military activities, engineering and construction achievements, and reasons to celebrate military engineers and their myriad of Alaskan accomplishments.  

This document will help the reader understand about our wonderful Alaskan past and to help them look to the future of the Greatland.

Read the timeline in PDF format

Timeline of Engineering in Alaska and the Society of American Military Engineers/>

2019 BG Benjamin B. Talley Scholarship Application is Open

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Anchorage Post is seeking candidates for the 2019 Scholarship Program. Several scholarships will be awarded in January 2020. It is desired that recipients attend the SAME Anchorage Post banquet January 25, 2020 where the scholarships will be presented.

Requirements for Application:
  • Resident of Alaska, attending college in Alaska, or an active duty/national guard/reserve service member or dependent of a military service member stationed in Alaska.
  • Member of Anchorage SAME Post. The SAME membership is free for students. Find information at: https://www.same.org/Join
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior student of engineering, architecture, construction or project management, natural, physical, or applied science, or mathematics at an accredited college or university.
  • Citizen of the United States of America.
  • G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater.
  • If you are on a full (tuition, room and board, books) scholarship to the college/university you are attending, you are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Submit application with signature on or before December 2, 2019.
  • PLEASE do not send additional items such as: resumes, reference letters, and or transcripts.These items will not be sent to the selection committee.
  • We intend to offer one of the scholarships to a Masters student enrolled in a degree program listed above.

Requests for exemption to these eligibility requirements must be submitted in writing to the scholarship committee and submitted along with your application to the address below.
To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete the online application form, print it, sign it, scan it and mail or email it to:

Kimberly Riggs
UAA College of Engineering 

Phone: (907) 786-5476 (office)
Mail: 2900 Spirit Drive Engineering & Industry Building EIB 118
Anchorage, AK 99508
Email: kariggs@alaska.edu

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Updates from SAME's Only Post in Alaska

We know students have been very busy now that school started, so we have hurried to get the 2019 scholarship application ready! Download the application here. All the info you need is included in the form.