The San Diego Military Community is one of the largest concentrations of American military personnel in the world with approximately 120,000 active duty and another 240,000 or so veterans living and working in the San Diego area.
Sitting in the bullseye of this massive military community is Coronado Island, home of the Naval Air Station North Island. It is the home port of several aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy. The San Diego Harbor area also hosts nearly all of the Pacific Fleet’s helicopter squadrons, several fixed-wing squadrons, multiple Naval Air Reserve activities and command headquarters. It is part of the largest aerospace-industrial complex in the United States Navy, the 57,000-acre Naval Base Coronado.
Coronado is also home to the Navy Amphibious Base. NAB is a major shore command and is the West Coast focal point for special and expeditionary warfare training and operations. The on-base population is about 5,000 military personnel (including Reserve personnel) and 7,000 military student personnel.
Just over the Coronado bridge is Naval Base San Diego, which has roughly 24,000 sailors, 10,000 civilians, over 50 ships, and is the principal home port of the Pacific Fleet. Further around the bay is Naval Base Point Loma, home to 22,000 military and civilian personnel.
Finally, The Silver Strand Training Complex is located just south of Coronado and is the premier training facility and beaches for the U.S. Navy Special Forces, the Seals.
You get the picture! This massive military community has been on the radar and hearts of Cadence leadership for many years. We’ve been praying for the staff and a facility to pioneer a hospitality house in the heart of this amazing and unique community, and God is now answering those prayers.
The primary challenge facing Cadence is the cost of living, especially housing, in San Diego. Would you pray with us that God provides the resources and just the right home for this important ministry? Pray also for Cadence staff, Ed and Joy Bissonnette, who are on the ground there seeking the Lord’s provision and are ready to lead this work.
Thank you for partnering with Cadence on behalf of military people in San Diego and around the world. God bless you!