Mission San Diego Military

Episode 52 | Army Combat Veteran Turned Country Music Artist Honors Those Lost in 9/11 Attack with Never Forgotten Music Video

Ryan Weaver, a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, and two-time Gold Star family member discusses
his transition to become a popular country artist and songwriter. Weaver chats about his single
and music video, Never Forgotten, written and performed to honor those lost on 9/11. In the
video, Rich Weaver, an NYPD detective, shares his behind-the-scenes story of how he helped
raise the American flag amidst the rubble of the downed WTC towers.

Ep 51| SDMAC Resumes In-Person Breakfasts with Military Leaders

Mark Balmert, President and CEO of San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and co-host of “Mission: San Diego Military” show goes from co-host to interviewee to chat about how SDMAC has successfully navigated through the rough waters of the pandemic. He discusses the return of the in-person SDMAC Breakfasts, as well as the Annual SDMAC Achievement Awards set for August 12 at the Admiral Kidd Club.

Ep 50| Highly Sought-After Cyber Security Expert Discusses His Experiences at DARPA and the World of National Insecurity

Peter Bartoli, a cyber security expert, Managing Partner of Downtime Associates, CIO of Market Insight Solutions LLC, adjunct professor, and head coach of the competitive hacking team at SDSU, chats about his experiences at the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). Bartoli discusses the importance of educating oneself on security measures, ransomware, and protecting organizations from crippling hacks.

Ep 49| It Takes GUTS To Face Life’s Stressors; How One Book Teaches Us to Prevail Under Stress

Ed Hiner, Best-Selling Author, and decorated Navy Seal talks about his newest book GUTS: Greatness Under Tremendous Stress. Hiner describes how anyone can face stress head-on and develop resilience. Hiner chats about how his involvement with foster youth at San Pasqual Academy had an impact on the writing of GUTS.

Ep 48| How Service-Based Learning Uplifts Active Duty Military Members and Veterans Alike

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Vice-Chancellor of Communications and Community Engagement for National University, chats about the university’s historical support of active-duty students and veterans at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Rohland-Heinrich discusses NU’s upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration in the Fall.

Ep 47| USO Celebrates 70 Years of Strengthening America’s Military Service Members

Bob Kurkjian, USO West Region President, discusses the impact of USO in support of military family resilience; disaster response in support of the military, and the upcoming USO San Diego Golf Tournament.

Ep 46| Leveraging Military and Civilian Assets to Unlock Emerging Technology to be Showcased in Upcoming June Events

Major Steve Harvey, Director of NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge, discusses how Tech Bridge brings novel and innovative technology to leverage the assets of the SoCal ecosystem such as Installations, Industry, and Research. He also explains what it means to establish a collaborative DOD and Commercial Industry market.  Major Harvey talks about two upcoming Tech Bridge events on June 23, “The Unmanned Logistics Systems Demonstration,” and June 24, “The Electric Mobility Symposium.” The events will showcase autonomous vehicles and an all-electric battlefield simulation to show how the military can integrate 5G technology to speed up ability and increase lethal precision.

Episode 45| Beer Club Helps Veterans Make Smooth Transition from Military Service to Civilian Life

William Lu, San Diego Chapter Lead of the Veterans Beer Club, is joined by colleague Kathryn Warren of the Beer Club’s National Leadership Team to chat about the Club’s mission and services.  Lu and Warren discuss the Beer Club’s upcoming 5th Anniversary event that will be for their “Second Chance” Brewery event on Saturday, June 19.  Lu and Warren highlight the Club’s focus on networking.

Episode 44| Foundation Supports Catastrophically Injured Veterans

Michael Minc, Founder and Chairman of the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation for the Catastrophically Injured, discusses the history and mission of the Foundation, along with criminal justice reform for impacted veterans.

Episode 42 | Honoring Both Fallen and Living Heroes Atop Beautiful Mt. Soledad

Neil O’Connell, President and CEO of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Association, is joined by Phil Kendro, the Association’s Vice President and Event Producer to chat about the programs the Association provides to honor both living and fallen veterans. Kendro details their upcoming Memorial Day Live event that will feature the commemorative film, “Last Full Measure” in a live and virtual setting. O’Connell highlights the dedicated work of the Association’s volunteers and docents.