The Navy Dispatch was founded in the early 1960s by William J. Hagerty and partners 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 Navy Region Southwest) and at Naval Training Center, San Diego. His newspaper experience during his Navy career (a Mariana Island publication, The Hoist at NTC, Naval Station Long Beach publication) set the stage for his second career -- the Navy Dispatch newspaper group published by Western States Weeklies, Inc. Upon his passing in 1992, his daughter, Sarah Hagerty, took over as publisher.

Our commitment
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 Armed Forces Dispatch continues to evolve into a more robust and diverse vehicle to serve both our readers and our advertisers.

Armed Forces Dispatch newspapers today
The Armed Forces 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.
Our 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.

To find out about advertising to the active duty and retiree military market please call us @ 619.280.2985. Our hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. You can e-mail our advertising department at with your phone number and we will call you back. For more about our advertising click here.

Reach us
E-mail your stories, story ideas, event announcements, letters and comments to Regular mail should go to our PO Box: 2604 El Camino Real B-280, Carlsbad, CA 92008. As of August 2018 our staff are all telecommuters. Since our staff members were averaging over 1/2 hour each direction in traffic, we decided that work is what we do, not a place we go. We are all saving time and money by working remotely. I'll be the one on the beach under the pop-up or at the park sitting in the shade with my laptop and mobile hot spot!


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2604 El Camino Real B-280, Carlsbad, CA 92008 | 619.280-2985