2022 Marine Corps Birthday Ball
2022 MCAS Miramar Birthday Celebration
2022 Fleet Week San Diego
2022 Navy Birthday Ball
2022 CPO Pride Day
San Diego Council celebrated OMBUDSMAN Appreciation Month during its September’s Breakfast Event hosting 140 guests in attendance in recognizing 35 OMBUDSMANs from various Navy and Marine Corps commands in the San Diego and Seal Beach metro area. Including the support of 14 Sponsors providing 28 donations valued at $8k in door prizes.
2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show, Sept 24, 2022
MCAS Miramar held its first Air Show since the COVID Pandemic two years ago, where the San Diego Council participated in hosting 200 families and friends in its Chalet on Sept 24, 2022. The guests where able to enjoy having front row seating to the largest and most spectacular. aerodynamic show on the west coast that included the Navy’s Blue Angels. Special thank you to our Sponsor Presidents; Lockheed Martin – Joe Rixey, MCP Gov – Raj Ghai, LC Embroidery – Rolan Patzi, Parker Aerospace – John Miles, General Atomics Electromagnetics – Scott Forney, and North Island Credit Union – Roger McTighe. Including, MCAS Miramar Commanding Officer – Colonel Thomas Bedell and Sergeant Major Jason Cain in taking time to come visit with our guests in the Chalet. Well done to our Air Show Committee Chair – Shane Steinfeld and his TEAM!
Sept 12-16, 2022 International Frigate Working Group Event
Well Done to our IFWG Committee Chair; Dave Grundies and his team; Ric Rushton (XO), Jim Bedinger, Sheldon Margolis, Pam Ammerman, Suzie Johnson, Jay Rindler, Bob Berman, Chelsea Buss, Austin Krivanec, and Marty Magana in hosting nine countries (Bahrain, Chile, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey) that operate the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate with 27 Sponsors; Valkyrie, Havelsan, MBDA, Rolls Royce Marine NA, Thales, EECO, CACI, Phoenix Group, VSE Corp, Amentum, IXI, Gibbs & Cox, Lockheed Martin, Fairbanks Morse, Rolls Royce PS, and Raytheon. Silver Sponsor; MTU Aero Engines, GE Aviation Marine, Curtis Wright, SAAB Inc, BAE US, & Swift Engineering. Bronze Sponsorship: L-3 Harris, DM Consulting, A-GAS, Northrup Grumman, and Palantir in support of this 5 day international event.
2022 Cammies 2 College Event – August 6, 2022
Well done to Vice President Tracy Owens in leading the San Diego Council in its first “Support The Enlisted Project – Cammies to College event”, that had over 600 military family members in attendance to learn about educational resources and VA benefits available to them. Including, awareness on the Council’s Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship Fund and its Youth Programs available to its sea service members and families in the community. Guest Speaker was Naval Base Point Loma Commanding Officer; Captain Kenneth Franklin who provided a warm welcome to military families and where kids received new backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming new school year!
2022 Base CMC Meeting
San Diego is Coast Guard City USA!
CPO Birthday Celebration & Charity Event
San Diego Council held its first Charity Event coming off a two-year COVID Post Pandemic. The Charity Event Celebrated the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer’s Birthday – 129 Years of Excellence. The event had 75 guests for the celebration that range from business leaders to sponsors and guests from the community. Including Commander, Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, Force Master Chief Trenton Schmidt, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE CMC Matt Danforth, USS San Diego CMC John Lanza, USS JOHN FINN CMC Erika Lavallais, DESRON23 CMC William Coston, MCRD 1stSgt Carlos Canezgil and GySgt Kenneth Catledge, along with many Sailors and Marines from all paygrades in attendance. The San Diego Council thanks all our Sponsors for their generous donations in gifts to support our Charity Event.
2022 AFCEA West
The San Diego Council participated in the three day Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Convention at the downtown convention center. AFCEA is a professional association that connects people, ideas and solutions globally by networking and educational opportunities. Special thank you to Board Member and Former San Diego Council President; Dave Grundies, CAPT, USN(Ret). Dave is the Business Owner of Due Regard Consulting, Inc., that sponsored the Counci’s booth during this special event. This opportunity allowed members from the council to provide awareness on how The Navy League supports its sea services in the San Diego metro area. Including, building relationships with local Businesses and Government Agencies. Dave was instrumental in having the Commendant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz to visit the booth and spend time with our volunteers.
Our council members who volunteered in operating the booth met with many Defense Agencies, Contractors and Vendors from across the country. Including, Distinguished Vistors; Dean of the Center for Maritime Strategy Navy League of the United States; James Foggo, ADM, USN(Ret), Commander Third Fleet, VADM Stephen Koehler, Commander Navy Region Southwest, RDML Stephen Barnett, Coast Guard San Diego Sector Commanding Officer & Command Master Chief; CAPT Timothy Barelli and CMC Greg Via, Afloat Training Group San Diego Command Master Chief Alex Ortiz and his Chiefs, Miramar and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Master Sergeant Brad Faulkener and Sergeant Major Jeremy, CEO/President of Support The Enlisted Project Tony Teravainen and NJROTC.
A special thank you to our volunteers; Jay Rindler, Bob Berman, Marty Magana, Nil Ng, and Tracy Owens.
San Diego Navy League’s Golf Scramble
An unexpected sprinkler pipe rupture during the Navy League Golf Tournament provided an interesting problem for some golfers on the first tee. It should be noted that Navy and Coast Guard players went around the new hazard while the Marines went straight through it.