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2023 Commanders’ Briefing

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

USACE District Engineer Briefings are coming via webinar on Wednesday, 14 JUNE 2023 from 0900-1230 CST. The webinar will be provided free to both public and private entities, with an optional registration fee ($100 suggested) available to help contribute to the Rock Island Post's STEM Scholarship fund.

A recording of the event will be provided to all registrants!

This year we will have District Engineers from:

  • Rock Island District
  • Chicago District
  • Omaha District
  • Kansas City District
  • Saint Paul District
  • Detroit District
  • Saint Louis District
  •  Louisville District

These Districts will be presenting their FY24, FY25 and out-year programs for the benefit of our members, especially the Architect/Engineer community.

Please help us make this event a success. We're looking forward to your attendance at our annual Commanders Briefings Conference webinar!

Please register for the webinar on webex below and consider donating to the STEM scholarship fund below.

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Our SAME Community

Centered in Rock Island, Illinois, the Rock Island Post serves the Upper Mississippi River Valley, with members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana and Ohio. The post boasts over 250 individual members and over 40 sustaining member firms. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. In addition to hosting an annual golf outing and commander briefings, the post is also active in various community activities.

The Society of American Military Engineers is the only nonprofit professional engineering education organization that actively promotes the advancement of both individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services and private industry.

Our goal is to unite public and private sector entities and individuals in the A/E/C fields so that we can prepare for and overcome natural and man made disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad.

SAME Rock Island May Post Meeting

Thursday, May 18, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SAME Rock Island Post members-

Come join the SAME Rock Island Post meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 11:45am. This meeting will be held as a hybrid option to attend in-person or virtually!


The ARMOR1 project to modernize mat sinking operations on the Mississippi River requires a partnership approach between government and industry. Unity of effort facilitates the development of state of the art robotic solutions to complex operations that increase production, improve safety and reduce costs. By leveraging innovative contracting authorities, the ARMOR1 team benefits from a collective approach to SOW development, iterative design methodology, and prototype production while reducing project risk.


Jon Vernau

Mr. Vernau is a retired U.S. Army officer with more than 25 years of active duty and civilian experience with government civilian and military clients providing program management, operational planning and strategic analysis. He is a proven contributor to enterprise-wide success through expertise in policy and strategy development, operations excellence and continuous improvement. Mr. Vernau leads the Advanced Technologies & Robotics Business Line at SIA Solutions, a subsidiary of Salas O'Brien, an ENR top 500 MEP firm. He manages all efforts related to Automation, Robotics, Engineering Strategies, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) applications in DOD and industrial manufacturing facilities. His responsibilities include research and development program management, project origination and execution, resourcing, and financial performance of the business line. Previously, Jon led and executed Air Force and Army Public-Private and Public-Public Partnerships (P3/P4) programs focused on mission readiness, sustainability, and community engagement. During his time on active duty, he had extensive experience engaging senior domestic and foreign government officials, representing the United States government in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, and developing and implementing international security agreements. He led discussions involving the National Security Council, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Department of State, the intelligence community, and other agencies.

We look forward to seeing you!

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