Mission San Diedo Military

Episode 36 | Chief Resilience Officer Coordinates County’s Massive Emergency Services Plans

Mark Balmert, President and CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Gary Johnston, San Diego County Chief Resilience Officer for the Office of Emergency Service (OES) and COVID-19 Safe Reopening Team Lead. Johnston discusses OES’s coordination of all-hazard planning, mitigation, response and recovery. Johnston chats about the headway San Diego County has made in safely reopening shuttered businesses. Johnston also advises listeners on how best to protect themselves as case numbers in the county gradually decrease.

Episode 35 | Hiring Our Heroes Experiences Unprecedented Success Connecting the Military with the Civilian Workforce

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Melinda Gomez and Lauren Ramos, Fellowship Program Managers for Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Gomez and Ramos discuss how the fellowship successfully links veterans and their spouses with employment opportunities that play to their strengths. Balmert highlights the upcoming Townhall Speaker Series event with Mayor Todd Gloria. 

Episode 34 | “Collaboration and Coordination” Keys to San Diego Veterans Coalition Success

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Ron Stark, President of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, to talk about the coalition’s commitment to serving veterans and their families through collaboration and cooperation with like-minded organizations. Balmert highlights the upcoming Townhall Speaker event with Mayor Todd Gloria. 

Episode 33 | Enabling Self Sufficiency is Priority #1 for Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

Mark Balmert, President and CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Greg Martin, President of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, an organization that enables post-9/11 veterans to live self-sufficient lives. Balmert highlights the successful relaunch of SDMAC’s virtual Townhall Speaker series. Martin discusses the Freedom Station’s Mentorship program and the importance of maintaining a sense of community post-service. 

Episode 32 | Armed Services YMCA’s Myriad Programs Enhances the Lives of Service Members and Their Families

Tim Ney, Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA (ASY), discusses the ASY’s mission to enhance the lives of military families and address the unique challenges they face. Ney discusses the threat of food insecurity, the resiliency of military spouses, and the struggle service members face when leaving their families for deployment, all of which the ASY addresses. Ney also chats about the ASY’s Achievement Academy and Horse of the Sun Ranch programs. 

Episode 31 | Local Veterans Memorial Only One in Nation to Honor Both Living and Deceased Service Members

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) is joined by Phil Kendro, Vice President of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association. Balmert promotes SDMAC’s Town Hall Series, which will feature various virtual presentations beginning March 4, 2021. Kendro provides a brief history of the memorial, the nation’s only national memorial to honor both living and deceased service members. Kendor describes the breathtaking views from the memorial, which honors more than 5,200 veterans. Kendro chats about the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Soledad.

Episode 30 | Army’s 12th Sergeant Major to Launch “Your Next Mission” Vodcast In Support of Veterans

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by SMA (Ret.) Jack Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army and Co-Founder of the American Freedom Foundation (AFF), and Ted Hacker, a former Nashville-based music producer and President of the American Freedom Foundation (AFF). Balmert discusses the SDMAC “Zoom” Speaker Series which will kick off in the coming months. Hacker details AFF’s history of supporting veterans, while SMA Tilley chats about the upcoming launch “Your Next Mission,” a forthcoming vodcast/podcast targeted at veterans and transitioning service members moving into civilian life.

Episode 29 | Despite Setbacks, SDMAC Finds Success During Pandemic

RADM (Ret.) Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses how the organization is adapting and evolving through the COVID-19 pandemic. Balmert chats about the organization’s membership growth and upcoming virtual SDMAC events. 

Episode 28 | North San Diego Business Chamber Connects Veterans to Employers

Dylan Fisher, Senior Manager of Economic Development and Advocacy for the North San Diego Business Chamber, talks about his role in connecting veterans with the business community. Fisher outlines the Operation Connect program, which aims to assist veterans in sharpening their networking skills as they transition into civilian life.

Episode 27 | Non-Traditional Problem Solving is Key to Effective National Security

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Jesse Gipe, Pacific-South Director of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). Gipe discusses the non-traditional problem-solving techniques which help the NSIN stay on the cutting edge of national security. Gipe also highlights the vast possibilities for college students looking to work in the national security field.