Navy Base Gate Program Launched
A test implementation of a program, called the Navy Access Control Management System, runs from Aug. 27, at noon, until Sept. 9 throughout all metro Navy Region Southwest installations. This exercise is to train personnel on the system and raise public awareness of its use. All personnel entering the installation will be required to hand their identification card to the sentry for physical verification and scanning. The process will take 2 to 8 seconds per initial scan and could cause a delay at the gates. Subsequent scans on the same card will take less time to verify. For more information call Navy Region Southwest, 619-532-1430.

Military Vacation Club Gets You There Cheap
The Armed Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC) is a “Space Available” program that offers military and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world – for the incredibly low price of just $369* USD per unit, per week. Armed Forces Personnel and their family and friends have access to spacious accommodations at more than 3,500 resorts, apartments, condominiums and homes in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit

Honoring Our Troops Upcoming Events
• VA Benefit & Home Loan Seminar presented by Honoring Our Troops and HL Realty Group, Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way in Oceanside.
• Troop Jam at 4th & B, downtown San Diego: Sept. 5, Belinda Carlisle;
• The Xplode Fight Series returns on Sept. 22.
• Adopt A Troop. $25 to adopt one troops; $250 for an entire squad; $500 for a platoon. All tax deductible. This helps us get care packages shipped to Afghanistan.
For more information, contact Jennifer at or visit

Special Blue Star Family Event Free for Military
Members of the military and their families are invited to the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego,, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 for a family-friendly tour of the museum. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Bring your child’s artwork for the Way Cool Creativity Contest. Click here to RSVP.

Nervous About the SAT/ACT Exams?
With “Back to School” in full swing, eKnowledge would like to remind military men and women that they are donating FREE $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to military families worldwide. In alliance with the Department of Defense and supported by 20 professional athletes from the NFL and MLB, eKnowledge is in its seventh year and has donated over 200,000 programs at a value of over $40 million in donated software. To get a copy of the donated software, visit or by calling 951-256-4076 (reference Freedom).

Tequila Trail at Old Town San Diego
The annual Spirits of Mexico Festival, North America’s largest celebration of agave-based and other Mexican spirits, kicks off this year in San Diego with Tequila Trail on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. For the price of a $35 ticket, Mexican cuisine connoisseurs and tequila lovers will blaze through the streets of Old Town San Diego sampling selections of agave spirits paired with culinary specialties from the participating restaurants. These restaurants will offer up tastes of their signature dishes accompanied with assorted tequila brands. Some of the tastings that will be featured are: mango sea bass ceviche from Barra Barra Saloon, tequila lime shrimp from Rockin Baja, chile colorado and cilantro rice from Casa de Reyes and a variety of street tacos with a fresh salsa bar at Casa Guadalajara.

Veteran Hiring Fair Set
Local and national companies hiring veterans will be at Liberty Station’s NTC Promenade @ Corky McMillin Companies Event Center, 2875 Dewey, San Diego, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. This free event is a unique opportunity for veterans, transitioning military, and other military family members to network with nearly 50 veteran-friendly employers including Soltec Solar Industries, The Arc of San Diego, Alcoa, Western-Southern Life, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Baker Hughes and more.

Free Preview to Military at Children’s/Maternity Sales Event
Military families are invited to a pre-sale for a children’s and materity consignment sales event at Faith Chapel Center, 9400 Campo Road, Spring Valley, Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. For your free entry coupon, click here. Just Between Friends is a consignment concept where you an sell your children’s outgrown and unused items, maternity items and clothing (you earn 60 to 70%)and you can shop at 50 to 90% off retail. These are not retail stores but rather savings extravaganzas — shopping events that happen in San Diego twice a year. Consignors bring their new, gently-used, outgrown and unused children’s and maternity items to sell. Shoppers browse and purchase these items at great savings, usually far below retail prices. The event is run by volunteers who earn the right to shop first to get the best bargains and earn a higher percentage on items they sell.

Express Mail for Military Ballots
Effective Sept. 1, 2012, through Nov. 30, 2012, customers can mail their Casted Absentee Ballots back to the United States for free using express mail military service. To receive this free service, customers must present absentee ballots at a post office finance window to receive a copy of the express mail 11-DoD label. The express mail label includes a tracking number customers can use to track the status of ballots on the Postal Service website, www.usps.comThis service is only available to citizens who are casting votes by absentee ballot and cannot be used for other voting material mailings. All American citizens overseas, regardless of status, are authorized to use this free service and the military postal system to mail absentee ballots at any military post office.



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