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Episode 24 | SDMAC Foundation Assists Veterans in Pursuit of Education

Mark Balmert, President and CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Terry McKearney, President of the SDMAC Foundation, to highlight the foundation’s mission and commitment to help veterans, transitioning service members and their families pay for higher education through scholarships.

Episode 23 | SDMAC Executive Director Mark Balmert Recaps 2020; Looks Forward to 2021

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), discusses 2020 highlights in the face of the devastating pandemic. Balmert talks about continued COVID-19 related challenges in 2021; the SDMAC Foundation; and operational changes that SDMAC will be undertaking next year.

Episode 22 | PsychArmor Institute Bridges the Gap Between Military and Civilian Communities

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Tina Atherall, CEO of PsychArmor Institute, to talk about the Institute’s mission to utilize the power of education and learning to improve the lives of military service members and their families. Atherall discusses how PsychArmor’s 200+ courses aim to educate civilian populations to better improve communication with military members. Atherall highlights the success her organization has had in training other nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Hidden Heroes.

Episode 21 | Padres Pitcher Receives Prestigious Bob Feller Act of Valor Award for Military Advocacy

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Craig Stammen, a pitcher for the San Diego Padres and recipient of the prestigious Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. Stammen chats about what led him to become an avid supporter of the military, his experiences overseas in Afghanistan while on a USO-sponsored trip, and what receiving the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Means to him. Stammen also discusses the peculiar nature of playing baseball during the COVID-19 era.

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 San Diego Military Economic Impact Report. Ross chats about UCSD’s acceptance into the Yellow Ribbon Program and its StartR Veteran, an accelerator program that provides coaching and workshops tailored toward veterans with entrepreneurial ideas.

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 Diego region.

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 and the Veteran of the Year Award, which will both be live-streamed. Balmert discusses the SDMAC and Fleet Week virtual breakfast on November 12.

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 through November 15. Balmert highlights the SDMAC and Fleet Week virtual breakfast on November 12

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 and $52 billion of indirect spending. Balmert notes that 342,000 jobs in San Diego county are also tied to the defense industry. Balmert shouts out next month’s Fleet Week San Diego events.