We are still working toward our fundraising goals to help us continue operating under austere budgets, but our team is growing and we are looking forward to an excellent 2013.

We have had had excellent success throughout the past six months on the launch of a new website – same name, new look – and we hope it is a much more functional design that you will enjoy. The website is now live! Please visit us at www.flyingleathernecks.org and let us know what you think.

Our Board of Directors has been busy working to find grants that are available in the San Diego area to help fund our operating costs while the Department of Defense continues to see cuts for museums across the country. The Board has already gotten positive feedback on our first attempt at the San Diego Arts and Culture Organizational Support Program grant. A special thanks to Pat Labauch, John Ferguson, Fred Allega, Jay Bibler, MajGen (Ret.) Bob Butcher for spending extra hours on this grant, that we hope will be a source of revenue for years to come.

Events this year will be better than they’ve ever been – with a new format for our black tie gala and a new approach to our marketing and promotions. You may receive emails from us on a monthly basis, please don’t send us to your spam! These emails are chock full of stories and upcoming event information you won’t want to miss.

We are always looking for new and creative ways to promote the Museum and Foundation through mass media, social media and community outreach. In fact, these priorities are central to my efforts as the Public Affairs Officer. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestion as to how we can “raise our profile” among all of our constituent groups.

Semper Fi,

Kalen Arreola

Public Affairs