Ashford University Joins San Diego for the Second-Annual Salute to Service; Honors Local U.S. Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Guardsmen

Nearly 3000 San Diegans gather at U.S.S. Midway to herald members of U.S. armed forces

Graced by spectacular Sunday weather, 2255 San Diegans came together with 550 active members of the U.S. military and their families for the second-annual Salute to Service Festival. Sponsored by Ashford University and hosted by local network NBC 7 San Diego, the Salute brought a day’s entertainment, casual dining and a heartfelt thanks to members of the U.S. military, all of whom attended for free.

“It took the gracious assistance of many volunteers and supporters of San Diego’s military population to make the Salute a success,” stated Jennifer Love Bruce, associate vice president of Community Relations. “Ashford University is thankful for this opportunity to show local members of America’s military community that their neighbors in San Diego are here for them.”

Held on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s historic U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier floating museum, the Salute to Service provided attendees dining from Northgate Market, Souplantation, Pepsi, East Village Tavern & Bowl, Smart Foods, Olive Coast, Slater’s 50/50 and Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce. 


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Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.