Non-Commissioned Officers Council

Committee Chairman

Frank J. Lakotich III
Expeditionary Engineering Functional Area Manager
DSN: 779-0699
COMM: 618-229-0699
Cell: 618-960-0816

Mission Statement

The mission of the SAME Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) Council is to oversee the integration of NCO's throughout the spectrum of SAME operations; advocate and engage NCO support of SAME's Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition, and provide value added to the NCO member.

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New Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program
SAME has launched the Professional Credentialing Reimbursement Program to support SAME Young Members and NCOs obtain credentials that strengthen their professionalism. The program is intended to help fund exam sitting or registration fees for credentials, certifications or licensures deemed to have intrinsic value to SAME’s mission and the architectural and engineering professions. Individuals may apply for reimbursement of up to $500. Reimbursements to approved applicants will be upon successful completion of exams and submittal of required documentation. For full program details and application forms, click here.


Get Involved:

The NCO Council is looking forward to interacting with, and finding ways to increase NCO membership and participation in SAME. In addition to national opportunities, the NCO council has four main areas in which you can participate. If you would like to get involved with this Council, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to hearing from you!

Conferences - Responsible for planning the Joint Engineer NCO Symposium, as well as the NCO training sessions at the annual Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference, in coordination with the host Program Committee. Also assists the program committees for other regional conferences by providing relevant programs and finding ways to increase NCO participation. Coordinates initiatives with the Vice Chair of Programs, as appropriate.

Communications- Responsible for communicating information on NCO activities to and from Posts, and provides information to SAME HQ for publication on the Council web site and in SAME News. The Vice Chair of Communications will write relevant articles, in collaboration with the Chair and other Vice Chairs, and provide to SAME HQ. The Vice Chair of Communications serves as the Primary Point of Contact (POC) for Council information.

Membership - Works with the Chair and Membership committee and Posts in increasing the membership of NCOs in the Society.

Education - Works with the Chair, Education Committee and Posts to establish educational programs relevant to NCOs.

Questions regarding NCO Council may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Joint Senior NCO Panel

Mission:  The mission of the Joint Engineer Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SNCO) Panel is to present Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps perspectives on operating in a joint environment.

Membership: Joint Engineer SNCO Panels consist of five members including the engineering SNCO from each Service, and a moderator from SAME. The engineering SNCO from each Service is normally the person assigned to the senior enlisted engineering position and who works directly for the Service’s engineering senior flag officer. The panel moderator is normally the Chair or a Vice Chair of the SAME NCO Council. Recognizing the heavy travel schedules and other competing priorities of these individuals, panel members may designate an alternate to attend and represent their Service’s enlisted engineering corps.

Operating Guidelines:

  1. Joint Engineer SNCO panels are conducted and offered in person, at selected locations and venues.
  2. Predetermined or standing venues include the senior enlisted engineering courses at the Army Engineer School, the Seabee Engineer School, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Currently, this includes a total of six standing panels per year.
  3. The Services may also request a Joint Engineer SNCO panel convene for unanticipated events such as symposiums, conferences, or other gatherings of engineering personnel.  Services or conference coordinators may request panels by contacting the NCO Council Chair or the SAME Executive Director.
  4. The SAME Executive Director shall coordinate on each offering of the Joint Engineer SNCO panel and provide funding as required.

Operating Objectives:

  1. Joint Engineer SNCO panels are convened to present joint engineering issues from the perspective of the enlisted corps.
  2. Panels are conducted in a non-attribution environment; panel members present their own opinions and perspectives uniquely developed from their experiences.
  3. Panel members present a short overview of Service-specific engineering issues, followed by interactive discussion and a question and answer session.
  4. Panel members are encouraged to address issues and concerns from these topics:
    1. Joint engineering operations in deployed locations (i.e., the Area of Responsibility)
    2. AOR-unique obstacles/solutions to engineering operations
    3. Home base or in-garrison activities in preparation for deployment to the AOR
    4. Home installation/base maintenance activities, including maintenance by contract
    5. Engineering and construction trades training issues unique to the Service
    6. Recommendations/suggestions on how to improve joint engineering execution
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