MOWW San Diego June Luncheon

The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) San Diego was honored to hear from Guest Speaker, CPO Joey Jerome in June.

Patriots proudly gathered at the San Diego Unified School District’s Revere Center for the MOWW monthly luncheon on May 17.

CPO Jerome is the Director of Military Operations of The Armed Services YMCA of San Diego.

He shared some personal background like how the New Orleans, LA native retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Hospital (SARC) Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman after 24 faithful years of service. His degrees include a BS, in Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work from USC.

Jerome has served in a number of executive positions including supervision of the patient movement center for The European Command, Senior Medical Department Representative for a Marine Regiment during wartime.

He also spoke about the impactful mission of the The Armed Services YMCA of San Diego.

The ASYMCA provides innovative and quality social, educational, and recreational programs to meet the needs of military service members and their families. The ASYMCA is committed to promoting its goals of strengthening military families, supporting healthy lifestyles, reducing isolation and assisting service members and their families in connecting to their community.

MOWW March Luncheon

Meet the fire experts blazing a trail in San Diego

On March 15, 2023, MOWW San Diego will be honored to hear from two fire captains dedicated to keeping San Diegans safe. These men of service have combatted municipal and wildland fires, they’ve worked alongside inmates on the fire lines and  been inserted via helicopter to battle ferocious flames. Captains Pascua and Cornette will open up about their impactful work and how you can support their efforts to keep our community safe.

MOWW San Diego March Luncheon
Where: San Diego Unified School District – Revere Center
6735 Gifford Way, Room 8, San Diego, CA 92111
Keynote Speakers: Capt. Brent Pascua & Capt. Michael Cornette
When: Wednesday, March. 15, 2023
Meet and Greet at 11:00 a.m.; Program 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Attire: Business casual
Open to the Public
Lunch: TBD
**RSVP required: Please contact COL Tim Swann at (858) 496-8203 or by email at

Capt. Brent Pascua
CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire

Brent Pascua is a Fire Captain with CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire. He started his fire career in 2002 as a seasonal firefighter in San Diego and has worked at many fire stations throughout San Diego County. One of his favorite assignments was being a member of CAL FIRE Helitack, where he and his crew would be flown to wildland fires by helicopter and dropped off to fight the fire. He is currently serving in the Information Bureau, providing life safety information to communities throughout San Diego County. 

Capt. Michael Cornette
CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Information and Education Bureau

BACKGROUND: Michael Cornette currently serves as a Fire Captain in the CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Information and Education Bureau. Captain Cornette has worked in various locations throughout the State of California, including the gold country and central coast. He has also worked in a variety of programs ranging from municipal and wildland fire fighting to working with the inmate fire crews. Captain Cornette is a third-generation firefighter and started with CAL FIRE in 2006.

Honor Flight San Diego

By Holly Shaffner

Coming this spring – Honor Flight San Diego for WWII/Korea/Vietnam War Veterans and terminally ill Veterans from any era. The organization will fly 85 senior veterans on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their service and to truly honor them for their service. The trip is planned for April 28-30, 2023, and a second trip is planned for Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023.

The Veterans will visit the WWII, Lincoln, Korea, Vietnam Memorials, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Memorials, and Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and women Veterans will visit the Military Women’s Memorial.

The trip is at no cost to the Veteran due to generous community supporters. Every Veteran is paired with a guardian/battle buddy who pays $900 to help offset the per person cost of the trip.

How can you help?

  • If you know a Veteran from WWII/Korea/Vietnam Wars, or a terminally ill veteran, please help them apply at: They can also call (800) 655-6997 to have a hard copy application sent to them.
  • Save the Date for Sunday, April 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 to welcome them home at San Diego International Airport. There will be 800-1,000 people there to give our heroes the homecoming they deserve!
  • Share information about Mail Call to your community groups. The organization is collecting letters, cards, and notes for the Veterans going on the flight. Letters can be sent directly to: Donna Hester, 645 Front Street, Unit 614, San Diego, CA 92101. You can also contact Donna with questions or to request a letter pick up by emailing her: or calling her cell: (619) 985-9729. Deadline to receive mail call for the spring flight is April 22nd.

Thank you for your support to get our SoCal Veterans on a “Trip of a Lifetime!”