Mission: San Diego Military, Partnership with the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC)

Our support for the military community could never be enough. Mission: San Diego Military, hosted by Drew Schlosberg, President of DS Studio and former Public Relations Director for The San Diego Union Tribune, is produced in partnership with the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), A Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Supporting, Promoting, And Representing The Common Business Of The Military, Its Quality Of Life, And Defense Industry Community In San Diego. 

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Here are the latest shows featuring Mark Balmert the SDMAC Executive Director:

Episode 20 | Venerable University Provides Wide-Ranging, Game-Changing Support to Veterans

Tasha Ross, Director of Corporate Relations at the UCSD Rady School of Management (ROSM), talks about the school’s unparalleled commitment to supporting veterans as they transition into the business world. Ross discusses the School’s partnership with the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) in the development of the annual...

Episode 19 | Retired USMC Colonel Highlights Key Issues Facing Military in San Diego County

Earl “The Pearl” Wederbrook, a retired Marine Corps Colonel and past SDMAC President, discusses pertinent issues facing local military members and their families in San Diego County. Wederbrook talks about encroachment and how it affects military operations; housing challenges; and the massive impact of military spending in the San...

Episode 18 | Energy Company Provides Pathway for Transitioning Service Members

Adam Heyde, the San Diego Operations Manager for Jingoli Power, talks about his company’s dedication to hiring San Diego veterans. Heyde chats about his military career, Jingoli Power’s affiliation with the San Diego Military Advisory Council, and the Department of Defense’s Skill Bridge program.

Episode 17 | Retired Marine Corps Colonel Discusses Veterans Week Events

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by retired Marine Corps Colonel, Jack Harkins, Executive director of the San Diego Veterans Museum. Harkins discusses the Veterans Museum’s mission and the building’s historical significance. Harkins chats about the upcoming Veterans Week Virtual Celebration Ceremony...

Episode 16 | Fleet Week Honors and Celebrates Local Servicemembers

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Fleet Week Board President, Gordon Rutherford, to talk about Fleet Week, an annual celebration that honors local military service members. Rutherford chats about the in-person and virtual events that will take place between November 9...

Episode 15 | Annual Report Highlights Defense Industry’s Massive Economic Impact in San Diego Region

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, talks about the 2020 SDMAC San Diego Military Economic Impact Study, conducted in conjunction with the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. The study highlights the $33 billion of direct spending tied to the region’s defense industry...

Episode 14 | Retired Navy SEAL Leads Asymmetrical Evolution Workshops for Students

Ed Hiner, a retired Navy SEAL with a storied 20-year career, chats about his work with underrepresented youth through his company, Asymmetrical Evolution. Hiner, a best-selling author, talks about his E3 Workshops for students.

Episode 13 | National University Shines as Military Friendly College

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Dr. Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Senior Vice President, External Relations at National University, to discuss the university’s mission of providing a flexible, quality education for the military community. Rohland-Heinrich talks about National University’s military roots as it...

Episode 12 | Zero8Hundred Helps Ease Service Members’ Transition into Civilian Life

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Stephanie Kiesel, CEO of zero8hundred, to chat about the organization’s mission to connect service members to programs that suit their specific needs as they transition into civilian life. Balmert discusses the October 13 roll-out of...

Episode 11 | California Defense Alliance Serves Those Who Serve Us

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Gene Fisher, Co-Chair of the California Defense Communities Alliance (CDCA) to discuss CDCA’s mission and key initiatives. Balmert discusses the October 22 roll-out of the annual San Diego Military Economic Impact Study.

Episode 10 | Always Looking to the Future, Armed Services YMCA Stays Operational Serving Families Despite COVID19

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, and Drew Schlosberg, President of DS Studio, are joined by Tim Ney, Executive Director of Armed Services YMCA San Diego. Ney discusses the YMCA’s mission to serve active duty military and their families. Ney talks about the YMCA’s...

Episode 9 | Foundation Goes Global With Worldwide Virtual Hiring Symposium

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Ted Hacker, Co-Founder of the American Freedom Foundation, and his colleague, SMA (Ret.) Jack Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, to talk about the Foundation’s virtual “Warriors to Workforce Summit” on September 16-17....

Episode 8 | USO San Diego Serves Hundreds of Thousands Active Duty Military and Their Families

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Ashley Camac, Executive Director of USO San Diego, to talk about the hundreds of thousands of active duty military and their families the USO serves annually through its myriad programs and services. Balmert discusses the SDMAC Achievement Awards, which was “live” streamed on September 2. Balmert highlights SDMAC member, USO San Diego.

Episode 7 | Leadership Experience Guides Former Navy SEAL to Launch “The Curiosity Mission”

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Ed Hiner, President of Asymmetrical Evolution and Co-Founder of The Curiosity Mission, to chat about leadership skills Balmert and Hiner employed during their Navy careers: Balmert as a Rear Admiral and Hiner as a Navy SEAL. Hiner discusses his Asymmetrical Evolution curriculum. Balmert talks about upcoming SDMAC webinars, and the SDMAC Achievement Awards, which will be “live” streamed on September 2. Balmert highlights SDMAC member, Northrup Grumman.

Episode 6 | Coalition Impacts Thousands of San Diego Veterans Annually

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Ron Stark, President of the San Diego Veterans Coalition. Stark talks about the Coalition’s massive reach and it’s far-reaching impact due to it’s vast volunteer network and wide-ranging services . Balmert chats about the SDMAC Achievement Awards, which will be held virtually as a “live” stream on September 2, along with the organization’s webinars. Balmert shouts out SDMAC member Navy Federal Credit Union for its longtime support.

Episode 5 | San Diego County OES “At The Ready” for All Emergencies

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Gary Johnston, Chief Resilience Officer for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES). Johnston discusses the myriad emergencies that OES is prepared to handle in partnership with our region’s first responders. Balmert talks about the SDMAC Achievement Awards, which will be held virtually as a “live” stream on September 2. Balmert also chats about the annual San Diego Military Economic Impact Study; SDMAC membe LevitZacks; and the stellar work of the USO and Armed Services YMCA in their outreach to military families.

Episode 4 | Special Missions Training Center Sharpens Coast Guard’s Tactical Operations

Episode 3 | Three States, Rivers, Lakes and the Pacific Ocean: Capt. Tim Barelli, Coast Guard Commander, San Diego Sector

AUGUST 1, 2020

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, and Charles Parisi, CEO of Cloudcast Media (filling in for vacationing Drew Schlosberg), are joined in studio by Capt. Tim Barelli, Commander, San Diego Sector, United States Coast Guard, to discuss the unique and multi-faceted role of the Coast Guard as a hybrid law enforcement and military agency. With responsibility for the safety, security and environmental protection of a territory ranging from Arizona, Southern Utah, and Southern Nevada to the maritime boundary with Mexico and extending another 200 miles offshore, Capt. Barelli shares how his lean and highly focused San Diego Sector team covers such a vast geographical area.

Episode 2 | Retired Navy SEAL Legend Fulfills “The Promise” With Education Company | Ed Hiner, Asymmetrical Evolution

JULY 21, 2020

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, and Charles Parisi, CEO of Cloudcast Media (filling in for vacationing Drew Schlosberg), are joined in studio by retired Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Ed Hiner to discuss the promise and purpose behind Asymmetrical Evolution, his education company offering the “PhD, ME” degree to high school students. From self-leadership and personal accountability to habitudes and discipline, Ed’s SEALpreneurship program has it all. You’ll also listen to Mark and Ed discuss mission and mustangs!

Former San Diego “Navy Mayor” Now Leads Navy Installations Command

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined VADM Yancy Lindsey, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). VADM Lindsey, the former San Diego “Navy Mayor,” talks about the mission of CNIC; his experience as Commander of the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central Command; and his...

San Diego Organizations Champion Community Collaboration to Support Veterans and their Families

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, is joined by Ron Stark, President of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, and Kim Mitchell, President & CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, to discuss how their respective organizations provide much-needed support to the hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families that reside in San Diego County.

Decorated Marine Veteran Actor Promotes Realistic Military Action in Hollywood Films; to Speak at Union-Tribune Successful Aging Expo on Nov 2

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Captain (Ret.) Dale Dye, an American actor and decorated Vietnam War marine, to talk about Dye’s Wounded Warriors organization that specializes in portraying realistic military action in Hollywood films. Dye will the keynote speaker at the Saturday, November 2 Veterans Program at the annual Union-Tribune “Successful Aging Expo” on Saturday, November 2. Balmert is joined by Jenn Jordan and Rachael Medlin of The Rosie Network to discuss the Network’s mission to build stronger military families through the development of entrepreneurial programs.

The Military Moves The Economy: Military impact on San Diego economy is deep, broad and growing

Mark Ballmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council and Andrew Dyer, Military Reporter for the Union Tribune, discuss the tremendous and growing impact of the military on the San Diego region. From civilian jobs and stationed soldiers to housing and NAVWAR, San Diego continues to capture military and defense industry investments. They also talk about the Miramar Air Show, the largest military air show in the United States, a source of great pride for San Diego and the military.

“Courage to Call” is Laser-Beamed on Mental Well-Being of Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

Christina Harner, Program Manager for Courage to Call, a program of Mental Health Systems, talks about her organization’s mission to improve mental wellness for Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists. Harner is joined by Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, to discuss the October 10 rollout of the annual San Diego Military Economic Impact Study and the October 23 SDMAC Breakfast. Both Balmert and Harner chat about their organizations’ involvement in the November 2, Union-Tribune “Successful Aging Expo” Veterans Program.

New Events Highlight San Diego Fleet Week Activities

Larry Blumberg, Executive Director of Fleek Week San Diego, discusses an array of new events that will highlight San Diego’s annual Fleet Week activities, slated to run from November 4 to 12.

SEAL Team Command Relieved of Duty Rocks Elite Unit

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Andrew Dyer, Union-Tribune Military Reporter, to talk about Dyer’s story about the command triad of SEAL Team 7 being relieved of duty due to loss of confidence after platoon kicked out of Iraq. Dyer chats about other to military news story.

Chairman of Port Commission to Highlight Upcoming SDMAC Breakfast

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, talks about the September 18 SDMAC Breakfast that will feature Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the San Diego Port Commission, as the keynote speaker. Acting Assistant Secretary of Navy Lucian Niemeyer will follow Bonelli as the keynote speaker at the October 23 SDMAC Breakfast.

Encroachment Issues and Housing Shortage Provide Challenges for San Diego Region Military

Earl Wederbrook, Past President of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, discusses encroachment issues and how it could compromise the ability for the military to train in our region. Wederbrook talks about the housing shortage for incoming military personnel and effects of younger active duty members and their families. Wederbrook then chats about highlights from last week’s SDMAC Breakfast keynote speaker.

FBI: Cyber Attacks to Businesses Connected to the Military Grow Significantly

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, discusses his organization’s involvement in an FBI symposium on the growing number of cyber attacks to businesses that work with our military. Balmert talks about the recent California Summit in California.

San Diego Region Expects Influx of 20,000 Military Personnel by 2025

Terry Magee, Past President of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and current SDMAC Board member, talks about the affordable housing and day care challenges the facing the 20,000 service men and women who will be coming to our region between now and 2025. Magee discusses the 2019 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study that will roll out on October 10.

Covering the Military: A Journalist’s View

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Andrew Dyer, military reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, to discuss Dyer’s high profile military coverage, including the recent trial of Navy Seal Ed Gallagher.

Commander of 1st Marine Division to speak at SDMAC Breakfast

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses the August SDMAC Breakfast featuring MAJGEN Castellvi, Commander of the 1st Marine Division, and upcoming California Military Summit.

How Serious is China’s IP and Tech Theft?

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses highlights from the July 17 SDMAC Breakfast featuring RADM Cedric Pringle, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Balmert is joined by Joshua Philipp, a Senior Investigative Reporter for The Epoch Times, to chat about China’s efforts to reach global dominance through subversive means.

Highlighting The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses upcoming SDMAC Breakfast speakers on July 21 and August 21; and the October rollout of the annual SDMAC-sponsored San Diego Military Economic Impact Study that will highlight the economic footprint of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, formerly known as SPAWAR. (July 9th) 

Propel San Diego and DIV Grants

Program Manager of Propel San Diego for the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses the mission of Propel San Diego and recipients of the DivX grants.

Propel Manager talks about the honorees of the June 13 SDMAC Achievement Awards; the June 26 Coast Guard “Change of Command” ceremony; the June 27 SDMAC Breakfast, featuring RADM Dr. Forrest Faison, the nation’s Navy Surgeon General.

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SDMAC Achievement Awards – June 13

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses the honorees of the June 13 SDMAC Achievement Awards; the June 26 Coast Guard “Change of Command” ceremony; the June 27 SDMAC Breakfast, featuring RADM Dr. Forrest Faison, the nation’s Navy Surgeon General; SDMAC volunteer opportunities; and the CA Assembly Bill regarding the taxing of retired veterans’ income.

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June is bringing RADM Dr. Forrest Faison, Achievement Awards, and Coast Guard Change of Command

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses the honorees of the June 13 SDMAC Achievement Awards; the June 26 Coast Guard “Change of Command” ceremony; the June 27 SDMAC Breakfast, featuring RADM Dr. Forrest Faison, the nation’s Navy Surgeon General; and upcoming featured speakers at SDMAC Breakfasts in July and August.

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Unmanned Systems Support Military, Commercial, and Research Projects

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses the honorees of the June 13 SDMAC Achievement Awards and the June 27 SDMAC Breakfast, featuring RADM Dr. Forrest Faison, the nation’s Navy Surgeon General.

Balmert is joined by Eric Patten, President & CEO of Ocean Aero, a recipient of a DIVx grant, to talk about the increased use of unmanned systems and the company’s role it plays in commercial and scientific research markets.

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