Mission: San Diego Military

Hosted ByDrew Schlosberg

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.


All Episodes

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...

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...

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...