An active member of SAME, WSP was a gold sponsor of the JETC event. It’s first major conference to be held virtually, the event was a resounding success for SAME, garnering significant positive engagement in what could have been a difficult pivot.
During the conference, WSP hosted a virtual chat room and several sessions. In addition to Ed Chamberlayne’s presentation, John Nicolay, vice president for the industrial security program at WSP USA, moderated the Senior Enlisted Forum. The panel featured senior enlisted leaders from Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard discussing current topics and issues of interest to the enlisted force.
JETC is SAME’s annual conference that enables two-way industry - government engagement and educational tracks for military, government and industry partners. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the event was recast as a virtual event.
"This was the first time our Society had attempted a virtual conference of this size and scope," Chamberlayne said. "With several thousand in attendance across the U.S., many were able to join for a few sessions or all sessions from their home office, government office or business location. I was proud of how our society adapted and pivoted to a new reality of how to support our nation and members during COVID-19."
Additionally, Bill Haight, senior vice president of federal programs and logistics at WSP USA, was selected for induction into the SAME Academy of Fellows. The recognition honors his distinguished four-decade career in military and private engineering, and outstanding service to the organization.
“It’s nice to have the recognition,” Haight said of the honor. “It’s a recognition of capabilities and capacity to contribute, and of an added level of dedication to the organization and the engineering profession. SAME has been such a valuable source for me, even in my younger days in the military. I looked forward to organization events; they were opportunities to link up with my peers — military engineers from all over the world who I served with — and engage in solid, substation discussions.
“We recognized that much of the business of military engineering required the civilian sector and SAME offered that point of connection,” he continued. “That was a valuable opportunity and perspective on that side of the fence. Today, on this side of the fence, I try to keep that notion, that connection, alive in the minds of the military personnel I work with through SAME.”
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