San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) is a nonprofit mutual benefit association dedicated to our U.S. military and our members. SDMAC serves as a bridge between the military and the community -- representing the business issues of the military and their quality of life issues, and the defense industry community in San Diego. Click here for more details on becoming a member.
The SDMAC-commissioned Military Economic Impact Report was presented to the public during a press conference on April 21 onboard the USS Midway Museum.
VADM Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr., USN, Commander, Naval Air Forces, was the featured guest speaker at the April SDMAC breakfast meeting.
Though one would rightly assume SDMAC’s focus has been the April release of the 2010 San Diego Military Economic Impact Report, it would be incorrect to assume it is occupying most of the efforts of our Directors and members.
Did you know the San Diego region is home to 60% of the Pacific Fleet and to onethird of the Marine Corps' combat power? These facts and many more are found in the 2010 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study commissioned by SDMAC.
A packed crowd gathered at the March 16th SDMAC breakfast meeting to listen to General James Mattis, USMC, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command. The General's remarks focused upon operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
It's been over a year since SDMAC began the planning and commissioned the research necessary to publish the 2010 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study.
SDMAC’s Legislative Committee is presently tracking the following legislation as well as other legislative bills, and lobbying for/against the legislation, as appropriate:
SDMAC members and guests gathered at the Feb. 17 breakfast meeting to listen to Rear Admiral William French speak about programs of interest and the installations that comprise Navy Region Southwest.
There’s no possibility of the phrase, “a rolling stone gathers no moss” applying to SDMAC.
SDMAC is happy to have Vice Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline Jr. USN, Commander Naval Air Forces as its guest speaker at the April 21 Breakfast meeting.
Under the chairmanship of Frank Hewitt, SDMAC’s Legislative Committee has been tracking closely and lobbying for/against, as appropriate with legislators, SB-22 and SB-346.
It’s an amazing feat that occurs daily when you consider how efficiently the Navy’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (FISC) globally provide integrated supply and support services to Fleet units and shore activities.
The last month has been incredibly busy for SDMAC. The Immediate Past President, Vice President and I met with the Navy and Marine Corps regional and installation flag and general officers to discuss the priorities they have for 2010 and how SDMAC can assist in providing support.
The San Diego Military Advistory Council is happy to have Rear Adm. Bill French USN, Commander of Navy Region Southwest, as its guest speaker at the Feb. 17 Breakfast Meeting.
SDMAC is pleased to announce its officers for 2010.
Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich currently serves as Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), San Diego.
Welcome to 2010 and the beginning of a new decade of opportunities and challenges, some known and most not.
The third annual SDMAC Achievement Awards breakfast held on December 8th at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center was a great success under the Chairmanship of Terry Magee with approximately 350 attending the event.
Vice Admiral Michael Vitale, USN, Commander, Navy Installations Command, spoke at the November 18th breakfast meeting to a large gathered crowd of SDMAC members and their guests.
Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich currently serves as commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), San Diego.
The San Diego Military Advisory Council was founded in 2004 by six community minded individuals who felt that the local military needed an organization with a single focus.
Speaking to a breakfast crowd of 400 on October 21, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, said, “I do think this is as good a partnership, as good a working relationship, as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have anywhere in the world.”
Join Us for SDMAC’s Annual Achievement Awards to be held December 9th at the Admiral Kidd Club -- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Vice Admiral Vitale received his commission upon his graduation from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Program in 1977 at the University of Louisville.
For all of you who supported and participated in the 2009 Fleet Week activities and the combined SDMAC / Fleet Week breakfast on October 21st, thank you very much.
This update provides the latest news as to the activities and issues that SDMAC has been addressing over the last few months, legislation that SDMAC has been tracking, membership news, calendar of events, and other information.
Don't miss attending this year's Coronado Speed Festival on Sept. 26-27, 2009. The Festival is Fleet Week San Diego's marquee event and features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at Naval Air Station, North Island.
Successful organizations are comprised of individuals who are relationship driven.
At a hearing before the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB) held on Aug. 12, the Board voted 5-2 against granting a permit for Storm Water Runoff at Naval Base San Diego, which would have imposed a toxicity limit which the Navy has contended would be impossible to achieve.
With Rear Admiral Len Hering’s retirement from the Navy rapidly approaching, SDMAC’s members and guests gathered at the July monthly breakfast meeting to hear his comments about the Navy and its impact to the San Diego region.
In the June Newsletter, we reported that SDMAC had entered into negotiations with Export Access, the graduate student organization at UCSD, to produce an updated report to the SDMAC 2008 Military Economic Impact Study.
The Board of Directors has approved opening SDMAC membership to students enrolled in local two-year and four-year colleges and universities. This new membership category will be free to the students so long as they remain students in good standing at their schools.
Members and guests attending the June 18th SDMAC breakfast meeting were treated to an indepth review of what Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is all about by Rear Admiral Christopher Mossey.
If you asked what assets the Eleventh Coast Guard District possessed, Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft would tell you: 13 SAR stations; 14 cutters augmented by frigates; 2 buoy tenders; 2 ice breakers; five air stations; one LORAN C station; 2,500 active duty personnel; property in California, Arizona, Nevada,and Utah; and 3,500 volunteers in the Coast Guard Auxiliary serving on the lakes and waterways of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Similar assets are proportionately deployed in the Pacific Northwest, along the East Coast, and the Gulf Coast.
During the April breakfast meeting, Earl Wederbrook, Co-chair of the Bases and Infrastructure Issue Group, provided a comprehensive update as to Group’s mission and activities.
SDMAC has started the ball rolling to update our highly successful 2008 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study.
SDMAC members and guests gathered at the May 20, 2009, breakfast meeting to hear Rear Admiral Alan B. "Brad" Hicks speak about the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Missile Defense Agency.
The business world is shifting from efficiency to innovation. Older, larger firms and government are lagging behind startups and companies built around creativity, but the solution to bridging the gap between the two isn’t complicated, a panel of experts said.
The Internet of Things promises to bring enormous opportunities to the security and defense fields, but serious risks accompany every benefit as increasing the available tools also increases the threat.
Imagine flipping open the latest edition of a magazine and instead of seeing a list of the most walkable or dog-friendly cities, finding the most cyber-friendly cities, and then placing importance in the results.
Training veterans to conduct a productive job search, equipping them with new skills and connecting them with small businesses are among the ways to help military members transition into the civilian workforce, according to a recent Daily Transcript executive roundtable sponsored by the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM.
“If you buy a brand new house, sometimes you move in your old furniture,” said Dave Grundies, president of GET Engineering. In this case, that house is a state-of-the-art littoral combat ship or DDG Zumwalt-class destroyer or an unmanned aerial vehicle, and the old furniture is onboard systems such as the Navy Tactical Data System or Navigation Sensor System Interface.
Even with minimally manned ships and unmanned aerial systems coming online quickly for the military, the key to success is still getting the right people to the right place at the right time. This is further complicated in an era of declining budgets and fiscal uncertainty.
Local construction executives from the public and private sector who attended at The Daily Transcript’s third annual Construction Day discussion April 30 said the industry is slowly getting better but still has limited areas of growth.
Defense contractors are turning to the commercial sector, as budget cuts hit their No. 1 customer.
The economy faces the challenge of absorbing military members in the local job market at a time when uncertainty is constraining the private sector’s ability to create more jobs, panelists at a recent forum said.
Editor's note: The following article is part of an ongoing series looking at the effects of sequestration.