Volume 2, Issue 4 6 April 2007 Compiled & Edited by: Leslie Gray

Serving 5,000 active-duty junior-enlisted military service members and their families each month with over 40 free programs!

This edition of the snapshot highlights three huge ASY events: our 11th Annual Golf Classic, the 1st Annual Father/ Daughter Dance, and the dedication of a memorial tree to victims of the USS Cole bombing at the San Diego Crime Victims’ Oak Garden.

Chief James C. Phillips of the Precom ship Freedom is surprised by his daughter Britannee at the Father/ Daughter Dance on 17 March 2007.

11th Annual ASYMCA/USO Golf Classic

On Friday, 23 March 2007, the San Diego ASYMCA and USO hosted the 11th Annual Golf Classic at Admiral Baker Golf Course. We had 140 participants, including 4 wounded service members sponsored by Lincoln Management. Each participant received a goody bag, windbreaker, box lunch, and buffet dinner. Tournament winners were announced during dinner, as well as silent auction winners. A huge thanks goes to our live auction auctioneers, Tim LaFleur and Bruce Boland, for their outstanding performance!

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USS Cole Memorial Tree Dedication @ the Crime Victims’ Oak Garden ASY’s Military Volunteer Program & the Cara Knott Foundation
On Thursday, 22 March 2007, the San Diego ASYMCA, in partnership with the Cara Knott Foundation and the Survivors of Violent Loss Program, dedicated a memorial tree at the San Diego Crime Victims’ Oak Garden in honor of the men and women who lost their lives while serving aboard the USS Cole (DDG-67) as a result of the suicide bombing on 12 October 2000.

A total of 18 stones encircle the memorial tree - one for each of the 17 sailors who lost their lives, and a stone to commemorate the ship herself. Guests of honor included: Commander John C. Peterschmidt, Commanding Officer USS Pinckney and former Executive Officer of the USS Cole; Chief Justin Crowe; Joyce Knott, mother of Cara Knott; and the family of Lakiba Palmer, a young African-American woman from San Diego who was killed in the attack.

“A Night Under the Stars” - Our 1st Annual Father/Daughter Dance
The inaugural Father/ Daughter dance brought out more than 300 “couples” for a night of fun-filled activity. Attendees were treated to a waltz lesson courtesy of local dance instructors David Vasquez and Ingrid Valdna. Fathers also received words of wisdom from David Jones of the National Fatherhood Initiative. But perhaps the biggest event of the evening was surprising volunteer Chief Phillips by flying out daughter Britannee for the dance!

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Miramar Homecoming
The San Diego ASYMCA was on hand to help welcome home Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 after an 8 month deployment to Iraq. Our table provided activities to help keep anxious children entertained while awaiting their parents’ arrival.

A Flag from Iraq
Lieutenant Colonel Koffel, Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, presented the San Diego Armed Services YMCA with a flag flown in our honor over the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters on 11 December 2006 at Marine Air Base, Al Asad, Iraq.

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April 8th - Easter Dinner w/ SD Fire Department 14th - Healthy Kids Day @ Santo Road Baseball Field 23rd - Computers to SD Kids Giveaway 29th - Military Appreciation Day @ the Toyota Celebrity Classic, Morgan Run Golf Course May 2nd - Volunteer Recognition Luncheon 5th - All Services Enlisted Ball @ the Mission Valley Marriot 7th - Duncan Hunter Golf Tournament @ Cottonwood Golf Course 25th - Computers 2 SD Kids Giveaway

From the Desk of Executive Director Paul Steffens:
March provided us many, many opportunities to promote family bonding to San Diego’s military population. With extended deployments it is so important to strengthen family bonding, one of the most critical aspects of family readiness. The Father/Daughter Dance, which my wife Barbara and I attended, was one of the most moving events and clearly demonstrated the importance of the special bond that exists between a father and his daughter(s). You could feel it in the air, you could see it in the fathers’ eyes, and you could clearly see it in the eyes of the beautiful young ladies who were proud to be dancing with their fathers. If you missed our inaugural dance this year, get ready for next year as we are already in early planning mode - including the search for a larger venue to accommodate even more than our approximately 350 attendees. I want to express my personal appreciation, and that of the ASYMCA staff, to the many military volunteers who worked so hard to bring the USS COLE Memorial Oak Tree to fruition. Also, a special thank you to Commander Peterschmidt, the former Executive Officer of the USS COLE (now the Commanding Officer of the USS PINCKNEY), for participating in the dedication of the memorial tree and stones. We were honored to assist the Cara Knott Foundation in making one of Sam Knott’s last wishes a reality. A huge thank you goes out to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3. We are honored by the flag you flew over your headquarters in Al Asad, Iraq and will proudly display it our lobby. Semper Fi!

Keep chargin! Paul

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