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MOWW November Meeting

From Top Secret to Topspins

Navy Intelligence Officer, Captain Steve Kappes, USN, Ret.

San Diego’s MOWW is honored to welcome Capt. Kappes as our keynote speaker in November.

Steve spent decades using intelligence to improve our national security.  Now, he uses tennis to improve the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans and their families. He will discuss his career and how it led him to serve others through the sport he loves.

Steve is the co-founder and Director of the San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program, and he has been a very active member of our local veteran community for 14 years.  Prior to that, he served 24 years as a Surface Warfare qualified Intelligence Officer in assignments around the world.

MOWW November Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Meet & Greet: 11:00 a.m. |  Program: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
San Diego Unified School District
Revere Center
6735 Gifford Way, Room 2
San Diego, CA 992111
Open to the Public
Cost is $12 Per Person (Lunch Included)
*RSVP Required*
Email Craig Noble at

We are grateful to the San Diego Unified School District for hosting this month’s meeting.

BACKGROUND: Captain Steve Kappes served 24 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare qualified Intelligence Officer. He served ashore in the U.S. and overseas, and at sea with deployments to the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and combat zones in the Middle East. He led teams of hundreds of intelligence analysts who provided tactical level intelligence used in combat and peacekeeping operations, and provided intelligence support to fleet and multi-service intelligence centers and national intelligence agencies that influenced military operations worldwide.   He also served as the Principal Intelligence Advisor to senior Navy leaders in the Pentagon working on long-range strategic plans.

Following his Navy career, Steve continued to support deployed naval forces through his work as a Program Manager and Director at KAB Laboratories and Epsilon Systems Solutions, San Diego-based defense contractors that provide software, systems engineering, and training products and services to the Navy and other government clients.

As a volunteer, Steve co-founded and directs the San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program which uses tennis a means of physical and emotional rehabilitation and community reintegration for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country. Over 1,000 disabled service members and veterans have benefitted from this program since its inception in 2009.

Steve also serves on the Board of Directors for three community tennis organizations and for Zero8Hundred, a nonprofit veteran service organization that helps military members, veterans, and their families transition from active duty to civilian life. He is currently earning a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego in preparation for a career in the social impact sector.

Calling All Patriots!

MOWW San Diego Presents…
The 66th Annual Massing of the Colors & Service of Remembrance

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Army of the West Mormon Battalion Historic Site
2510 Juan Street, San Diego, CA 92110
(Free Parking at Old Town Lot C off Harney St.)
Free & open to the public!
2022 MOC Flyer

This traditional ceremony honors the flag of the United States of America and those who have gallantly struggled to preserve it and our freedoms.  The ceremony is also designed to instill and foster patriotism and love-of-county. Please join the celebration with members of our Armed Forces, veteran organizations, law enforcement agencies, and civic and youth groups.

Keynote speaker: The Honorable M. Janet Chin, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CA-Coastal South)

Keynote Speaker

BIO: The Honorable M. Janet Chin is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army representing California in the Greater Los Angeles area. She is a combat Veteran who has served in the active Army, the California Army National Guard, and the California State Military Reserve.

***Color Guards of units, schools, organizations and community groups will need to submit the following form. Be sure to bring your U.S. Flag and your unit flag when you report at 9:30 a.m.

Scouts and Scouters in uniform can receive a special large Massing of the Colors patch for attending.


MOWW December Meeting

Presenting A Trailblazer

San Diego Harbor Police Chief, Magda FernandezSan Diego Harbor Police Chief

On Dec. 10. 2022. MOWW was proud to welcome San Diego Harbor Police Chief, Magda Fernandez, as she discussed her journey to become Chief, the Harbor Police purpose and tasks, and how we can help her perform her mission. Chief Fernandez has over 21 years with the Harbor Police.

She is the first Latina to hold this well-respected position.

The even was held at the Best Western Seven Seas, Lord Jim’s Banquet Room in Mission Valley. Ms. Barbara Peralta, Chapter Commander was the host, and guests enjoyed Mr. Bart Newsom on the guitar.

BACKGROUND: Fernandez was appointed Harbor Police Chief/Vice President of Public Safety in May of 2022. She has led various department units, including investigations and intelligence, professional standards, and training as well as the patrol and administrative sections. She also represented Harbor Police as a detective on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and helped establish the department’s Terrorism Liaison Officer program. From 1994 to 2018, Fernandez served in the U.S. Coast Guard in various roles including as a criminal investigator and as an environmental and marine casualty investigator. Earlier in her career, she was an emergency medical technician and a rescue diver with the Santa Cruz Search and Rescue Team.