The Navy Dispatch was founded in the early 1960s by William J. Hagerty after his retirement from a career in the U.S. Navy. Hagerty, a WWII Purple Heart Veteran, went into a public information billet after the war. Later, Hagerty served as Public Affairs Officer at Naval Station Long Beach, PAO at Commander 11th Naval District (now Commander Naval Region Southwest) and at Naval Training Center, San Diego. His newspaper experience during his Navy career set the stage for his second career -- the Navy Dispatch newspaper group published by Western States Weeklies, Inc.
Since 1961, the Navy Dispatch has served active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel with an informative and interesting newspaper. We offer our advertisers a top-quality product that reaches military readers at work and at home. Today the Navy Marine Corps Dispatch continues to evolve into a better vehicle to serve both our readers and our advertisers.
Navy Marine Corps Dispatch newspapers today
The Navy Marine Corps Dispatch is one of only a few papers for the military community owned by a civilian family and in no way a part of the military itself.
At this time there are three Dispatch newspapers serving the Southern California areas of San Diego, Long Beach/Seal Beach and Ventura County.
The San Diego paper is the largest and oldest weekly military paper in the county, with Thursday delivery to all the military bases in San Diego County, to the ships in port and to military housing units & military households in the civilian community via direct mail, doorstep, and bulk delivery. For more information on the military in San Diego -- the largest Naval complex in the free world -- click here.
The Dispatch in the Long Beach/Los Alamitos/Seal Beach area has been in existence for more than 40 years and is distributed both on military bases and to military housing in the area.
The Dispatch in Ventura County is distributed to the bases at Naval Base Ventura County comprised of Point Mugu Naval Air Station and Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme. It is also delivered to local military housing areas.
To find out about advertising in one or all of these areas please call us @ 619.280.2985. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. You can e-mail our advertising department at firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and we will call you back. For more about our advertising click here.
E-mail your stories, story ideas, event announcements, letters and comments to email@example.com. Regular mail should go to our PO Box: PO Box 600600, San Diego, CA 92160. Our street address is 6153 Fairmount Ave., #220, San Diego, CA., 92120.