TME Time Capsule

November 2013 - December 2013

The July-August 1963 issue of The Military Engineer looked at Vicksburg, Miss., and its unique role in the nation’s history.
A first-hand account of combat engineering in the Gulf, from the November-December 1991 issue of TME.

Sept 2013 - October 2013

In September-October 1956, The Military Engineer featured a look inside “The Vault for the Future.”
The September-October 1964 issue of The Military Engineer examined the engineering aspects of nuclear excavations.

The June 1942 issue of The Military Engineer included an historical look at a major health concern of soldiers in theater, titled “The Cholera Campaign.”

July 2013 - August 2013

In remembrance of the 33rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. John W. Morris, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), who passed away Aug. 20, 2013, at the age of 91, take a look back to the July-August 1978 issue of The Military Engineer, in which the incoming SAME President expounded on a number of topics, including the theme he established for the society that year: “Military Engineering—A National Asset.”
To celebrate the nation’s independence, a look back at engineering during the Battle of Bunker Hill and the birth of a revolution, from the May-June 1976 issue of The Military Engineer.
The August 1991 issue of The Military Engineer centered on technology, and included an article penned by Dr. Robert D. Wolff, who at the time was serving as Director of Facilities Engineering, U.S. Army Engineering and Housing Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va.
To celebrate the nation’s independence, a look back at engineering during the Battle of Bunker Hill and the birth of a revolution, from the May-June 1976 issue of The Military Engineer.

May 2013 - June 2013

The Military Engineer has long documented the essential role of disaster preparedness to national security, including this article “Defense Against Bombs” from May-June 2000.
As peak hurricane season looms, take a look back 40 years ago this month as The Military Engineer examined the early years of environmental satellites and weather forecasting systems.
Many are familiar with The Pony Express, but how many have ever heard about “The Camel Experiment,” a recount of which was published in the January-February 1952 issue of The Military Engineer.
TME has not just documented the last 93 years of engineering through its editorial content. Advertisements often paint as clear a picture of an era as any article, if not more so, like this ad from the May-June 1983 issue highlighting the time-saving (and sanity-saving) power of a revolutionizing copy machine.

March 2013 - April 2013

As the West Point Class of ’65 gets set to honor its second SAME Academy of Fellows Golden Eagle Award winner in as many years, a look at this promising group of Cadets as they appeared in the July-August 1965 issue of The Military Engineer, including Dan Christman, 2013 Golden Eagle Award winner for contributions to national defense; Ralph Locurcio, 2012 Golden Eagle Award winner for contributions; and SAME Executive Director, Bob Wolff..
The architect of Augusta National Golf Club, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, also was a foremost thinker on camouflage as a valuable aid in war. Formerly a Major in the Royal Engineers, Dr. MacKenzie, who passed away in January 1934, wrote two articles on camouflage innovation for The Military Engineer. “The Common Sense of Camouflage Attack” was published posthumously in the July-August 1934 issue of TME. It was his final work.

January 2013 - February 2013

In honor of the 57th Presidential Inauguration being held January 21, take a look back at the early design and construction of The White House in this article from the May-June 1928 issue of The Military Engineer.
In its May-June issue of 1939 The Military Engineer tuned readers onto a nascent technology that was soon to revolutionize America: the television.
50 years ago this month, The Military Engineer featured an article on military construction aid in Iran—support that was mainly to provide modern facilities and bases for the Iranian armed forces but which also was engaging and training local engineers and tradesman and helping build inter-nation cooperation.
20 years ago this month, The Military Engineer recounted in a two-part Toulmin Medal-winning article the joint response to Hurricane Iniki—the 1992 storm that was the worst to hit the Hawaiian Islands in recorded history.
The March-April 1920 issue of The Military Engineer contained a short memo from General of the Armies John J. Pershing expressing his high expectations that the newly formed Society of American Military Engineers would serve as a valuable cog in the National Defense—a mission SAME members remain dedicated to today.
10 years ago this month, The Military Engineer showcased a pair of articles on how engineers and designers were addressing one of the most critical questions post-9/11: how to make airports safer.