Navy Base Gate Program LaunchedLocal Red Cross’ Military ‘Real Hero’ Award Winner
In June, Construction Mechanic First Class Ronald White was aboard the USS Pelileu in the ship’s galley eating dinner when he noticed a Staff Sergeant at his table was showing signs of choking.  White asked him if he was okay and the gentlemen responded, “I am ok.” White continued to monitor the situation and within a couple minutes the gentleman was unable to cough and gave the international sign of choking with both hands across his neck. White quickly sprang into action using the Heimlich maneuver to assist the Staff Sergeant and was able to successfully dislodge the obstruction.

Ronald and nine other “real Heroes” winners will be honored at the Red Cross’ Real Heroes Awards Breakfast aboard the USS Midway at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. This event is a community celebration that honors local individuals and organizations in San Diego and Imperial Counties who have made a difference through their acts of courage, compassion and leadership.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to visit or call 858-309-1278.

Navy Base Gate Program LaunchedFree Military Spouse Event at Miramar and USAA will present SpouseBUZZ Live af the Commissioned Officers’ Club, MCAS Miramar, Anderson Ave., Bldg. 4472 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

SpouseBUZZ will feature interactive and motivational panel discussions led by SpouseBuzz bloggers. Big giveaways and drawings will be held throughout the event. Military-friendly exhibitors in attendance. Celebrate, share and learn from other military spouses. Special guest will be Ms.Vicki from “As Ms. Vicki.”

To register, visit

USS Milius Returns to San Diego
The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) returned to San Diego on Tuesday. Sept. 11 after an eight-month independent deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S.Central Command areas of responsibility.

Milius conducted ballistic missile defense operations and participated in Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf.  Milius enhanced relationships with foreign coastal states, provided local security to merchantmen and fishermen in international waters, and conducted approach-and-assistance visits to mariners at sea. Additionally, the ship conducted Iraqi infrastructure protection exercises with the U.S. Coast Guard, Kuwaiti navy and British Royal navy forces.

For more information about USS Milius, visit

Honor Flight Fundraiser
By Bob Zimmerman, Veterans Advocate
A fundraiser was held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Poway Elks Lodge to raise money for Honor Flight San Diego, an organization that sends WWII vets to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor. The event has 120 in attendance and raised $8364. It costs approximately $2,000 per WWII vet.
Honor Flight San Diego is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, led by co-founder and chairman Dave Smith. The mission of HFSD is to see to it San Diego County WWII vets have the opportunity to visit their World War II War Memorial in Washington.

This mission is one that needs the support of the citizens of America’s Finest City and all San Diego County communities.

These American heroes, for the most part, are everyday all-American heroes and on their own couldn’t afford the cost. Send your donation to: Honor Flight San Diego, Attn: WWII Hero Donations, 9423 Keck Court, San diego, CA 92129.
To see a moving video of WWII vets arriving at an airport, visit and search for Honor Flight. Grab a hanky.

USS Mercy Back in Port
Pacific Partnership 2012, embarked aboard Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), returned to its home port of San Diego, Friday, Sept. 14 after completing a nearly five-month deployment on the largest annual humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia Pacific region. More than 1,200 service members and civilians took part in PP12, which visited the countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Donate DVDs to AMVETS
Team Amvets Task Force DVD initiative was created to invite Americans to donate new and used DVDs to be shipped to our fighting men and women overseas. To donate, visit for a thrift store or donation center, or send your new or good quality DVDs to: AMVETS Task Force DVD, 1395 E. Dublin Granville Rd. #222, Columbus, OH 43229.

Social Security Seminar
in Carlsbad

Edward Jones Investments of Carlsbad is holding a Social Security Seminar at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The event is a free informational community service event. For more information, call 760-729-8300.

USO Education/Resource Fair
Please join USO San Diego, Ashford University, Hero 2 Hired and many more as they present a free Education & Resource Fair at USO San Diego, 303 A Street, San Diego, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24.

Get advice and information on job opportunities, resume writing, schooling and entering into the civilian world after leaving the military.

For more information, contact Regina Soto, Military Liaison, Ashford University at



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