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Free Military Family Photo’s :: December 8th

Cruz Family :: June 2010

The Cruz family were the first family we photographed back in 2009 when we started photographing Military Families, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.

On December 8th, 2012 at Liberty Station in San Diego we are offering active and retired Military Families from all U.S. Armed Services, Free Family Photos.   It can be just the kids, the whole family, gramma & grandpa with the grand-kids or just the 2 of you…We are here to serve and bless those who protect us through their service in the Armed Forces.

If you would like to take us up on this offer, please email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com to reserve a time slot.

December 8th,   8am to 11am at Liberty Station in San Diego.  All Military folks welcome.  Please help us spread the word:)

Commander Scotty Bruce has left the Navy…

Commander Scotty Bruce, US Navy,wearing his fathers flight jacket

Rear Admiral B.J. Smith (RET), was the guest speaker at Scotty’s retirement ceremony.  RADM Smith shared stories of when Scotty served under his command in Newport, Rhode Island

RADM Smith presented Scotty with a flag that he gave the RADM several years ago…you’ll have to ask Scotty to share the story behind it, its a really cool story.

All 3 of Scotty’s families: his Navy family, his “family” family and his rock family…gathered to celebrate Scotty’s 23 years of service to our country.

Scotty sharing about the things he will never forget from time in the Navy…and he couldn’t miss one last opportunity to invite everyone to the rock and share about his faith in Jesus!

men of the rock gathering around, praying CDR Scotty Bruce out of the Navy and into his next season of service…

CDR Scotty Bruce (RET) being “piped ashore”

Scotty posing with the “Salty Peckers” banner

Scotty with his “family” family and RADM Smith

Scotty with members of all 3 families

Scotty with paparazzi

what a blessing it was for me to help document Scotty’s retirement ceremony.  i wish i could share more but y’all really had to be there.  needless to say, God is good.  i’m excited to see what God is gonna do next…thanks brother for letting me be a witness!

**to see more photos, please visit www.missionfocused.smugmug.com

Chick-fil-A Military Appreciation Night

Chick-fil-A Military Appreciation Night was April 25th.  It was a night to thank and honor those who have served and those actively serving in the military and their families.  Chick-fil-A provided free dinner along with fun and games for the whole family…as a small way of saying thank you serving and protecting our country.

Mission Focused had the blessing of helping Chick-fil-A photograph Military Appreciation Night at the Eastlake Terraces, Sports Arena & Mira Mesa locations.  All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego county participated in Military Appreciation Night.

God Bless our Troops & God Bless America!

you can see more photos from each location by going HERE

camouflage military cow in mira mesa

chick-fil-a cow at sports arena w happy navy serviceman

striking a pose w the cow at chick-fil-a eastlake terraces

this military monday we say “thank you!”

scotty passed these 2 videos on…certainly worth sharing this 4th of July weekend.

the other video can be seen HERE.

God Bless the USA! Happy Birthday!

On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet in Chesapeake Bay to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured after the burning of Washington, DC. The release was secured, but Key was detained on ship overnight during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore. In the morning, he was so delighted to see the American flag still flying over the fort that he began a poem to commemorate the occasion. First published under the title “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” the poem soon attained wide popularity as sung to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The origin of this tune is obscure, but it may have been written by John Stafford Smith, a British composer born in 1750. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially made the national anthem by Congress in 1931, although it already had been adopted as such by the army and the navy.

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

He is My Refuge and My Fortress…

pete passed this on to me.

pete and some other men from the rock go to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) once a month to lead sunday chapel for the recruits.  petes comment was “this is why we serve at MCRD.”  to which i will add, “this is why we have military mondays!”

RESCUE AND PROTECT: Staff Sgt. Edward Rosa reads the Bible and extends a cigarette to Pfc. Jorge Rostra Obando, who was stunned by an explosion in Afghanistan’s Arghanab Valley. One comrade was killed and two injured in the blast. Pfc. Rostran asked the sergeant to read Psalm 91,a favorite from his childhood.

(photo: Ricardo Garcia Vilanova for The Wall Street Journal)

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

memorial day 2010: in appreciation

Thank You !

mondays are military mondays.  its a chance for the photo family to bless those who serve in the military and their families. for obvious reasons we join the rest of our country in honoring those who are serving and who have served in the military this weekend.

the above was from the memorial service for sgt federico borjas.   sgt borjas was a army reservist, who was killed in combat in afghanistan in 2008.  he was a san diego police swat officer and a marine before reenlisting in the army.  it was a powerful ceremony with members of the army, marines, sd police and swat, along with representatives from law enforcement agencies from around the state.

Military Mondays

We were blessed to continue with our Military portraits with the Bell and Marianaccio families. These shoots are an amazing experience that I hope some more of our photographers get to experience.

2010 Easter at the Rock

Good Friday April 2nd 7:30pm


  • Saturday April 3rd 5pm & 7pm
  • Sunday April 4th 8am, 10am, 12noon   5pm & 7pm

for more info about Easter weekend, please visit www.therocksandiego.org or you can go HERE

she said Yes!

Rock Academy Veteran’s Day

to see more pics from this years Rock Academy Veteran’s Day Ceremony please look HERE

Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Rock & USMC Birthday

the rock academy held their annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony today.  it was a blessing to see the rock academy students participate in the ceremony honoring the men and women of our armed forces.

i had the chance to sit down and talk with 2 brothers who served in wwII, both in their 80’s.  what a blessing that was.  i have some pics and will share some soon.  the pic here is 1 terry took.


today, nov 10 is also the birthday of the USMC.  Happy Birthday to pete, terry and all marines past and present.  Semper Fi!

pete posted this video, worth passing it on to all yall.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway delivers the 234th Marine Corps Birthday message. ” Carrying On A Legacy Of Valor ”
It honors all Marines past and present. A special tribute to today’s Heroes, Cpl Jonathan T. Yale, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines and LCpl Jordan C. Haerter, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. These fine Marines were KIA 22 April, 2008. Their heroic actions that day, saved the lives of over 50 Iraqis and Marines. They were both posthumously presented the Navy Cross for Extraordinary Heroism on February 20th, 2009. The Navy Cross is our nations second highest award for valor in combat. Jonathan was 21 years old, Jordan was 19 years old.

to see pics from this year’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Rock, please go HERE

Veteran’s Day…no photo class this week

000in observance of Veteran’s Day, we will not be meeting this wednesday.  go shoot, and thank a vet! cyall next week.