Saturday night at the Hotel Del Coronado, the 33rd Annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Military Ball was held, and by virtually any measure the event was a success. Attendance was up by one-third from one year ago, rising to the level of a sellout with 480 people in attendance. In addition, the theme of the event, which salutes active-duty military personnel, was extended to include recognition of Vietnam-Era Veterans. A total of 100 active-duty couples and 50 Vietnam Veterans were in attendance, together comprising more than half of those present.
The event, which had the USS Midway Museum as the title sponsor, also drew a number of distinguished military command personnel including: VADM Dewolfe Miller, Commander, Naval Air Forces; RDML Yancy Lindsey, Commander, Navy Region Southwest; BGEN Bill Jurney, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Western Recruiting Region; RDML Ron Fritzemeier, Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; BGen Rick Uribe, Commanding General, First Marine Expeditionary Brigade; CAPT Joe Buzzella, Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Diego; and SgtMaj Julio Meza, Command Master Sergeant, Marine Corps Installation West.
Serving as Co-Masters of Ceremony were CAPT Scott Mulvehill, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Coronado and CAPT (USN-Ret.) Mike Woiwode, who also served as the Chairman of the Chamber’s Military Ball Committee. “We had two lecterns set up and I played the role of the community hosting the military,” Woiwode explained.