Charlotte Sabina

Charlotte Sabina

Even with an intense studies schedule and thriving music career, Charlotte finds the time to join us at more than 30 Ocean Therapy sessions a year. Her smile and surf stoke is visible. She is a dedicated surf instructor and loves to share her knowledge about about the ocean with our JMMF athletes at Camp Pendleton and Manhattan Beach. And occasionally, Charlotte will bring her guitar and play for us! We are grateful for the sunshine she brings to JMMF each week .

Kidnapped by Somali pirates, Michael Scott Moore

Kidnapped by Somali pirates, Michael Scott Moore

Kidnapped by Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore spent two and half years in captivity. At times he was held on land, other times at sea. Once, when he was on a 160-foot tuna boat, he tried to escape by jumping over the side at night.

“It was, like, a 20 foot leap off the deck of the ship, and I was just exultant at first,” Moore says.

Moore had hoped the pirates would leave him behind in the water. “The engine wasn’t in terrific shape, so I didn’t think there was a way to turn around the ship,” he says.

Instead, the captain cut the engine and let the boat drift towards him. As the big industrial ship closed in on him in the dark water, Moore made a snap decision: He opted to get back on board.
What It’s Like To Be Held Hostage By Somali Pirates For 2 1/2 Years
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What It’s Like To Be Held Hostage By Somali Pirates For 2 1/2 Years

“They found me eventually with the search lights and I raised my hand and they threw me a life preserver,” he says. “By that point everything was pretty desperate and pretty hopeless.”

The pirates had initially demanded a $20 million ransom, but as the years passed, Moore’s mother negotiated the figure down to $1.6 million. Eventually she raised enough money to free her son.


The USMC is beginning a new procedure at the base, where if you don’t have a Volunteer Pass along with your Driver’s License, they won’t be letting you into Camp Pendleton. Security is getting tighter.

If you’ve volunteered in the past with JMMF your name has been added to the Volunteer Pass list.

The pass is good for 1-year, the letter that has been submitted to the Volunteer Center and it expires in 30-days. If you have any inclination to volunteer with us in the next 12-months, please take the time to secure a Volunteer Pass. You could join us at our July 10th or July 24th session and get your VP done at that time. Note the Volunteer Center is CLOSED on FRIDAYS.

In order to redeem your pass, you must go to the Visitor’s Center (Set of trailers on the south side of the gate) at Camp Pendleton Las Pulgas gate:

Take the Las Pulgas exit off of I-5 (a few exits North of Camp Pendleton South/Oceanside exit) and head away from the ocean (up the hill a little bit). Stop at the gate – let them know you’re getting a Volunteer Pass and they will direct you where to go. You’ll need a Gov’t Issued ID and possibly your car registration (have it handy just in case).

You will need Driver’s License, Registration, and Proof of Insurance. This should take approx. 30min…they were quick to assist us last year. They also have a copy of the attached letter.

**The Volunteer ID’s are to only be used on days that we have Camp Pendleton sessions or permission to come on base from the battalion. Please respect this. We do not want this privileged revoked.

We hope this makes your ability to volunteer with us much easier!

Arthur Jeppe

Arthur Jeppe

In honor of The Really Big Show this month, we are highlighting not only a volunteer but a true friend of Jimmy’s.  Arthur and Jimmy met in Berkeley while attending UC Berkeley. They became fast friends, lived together and traveled around the globe. Arthur’s girlfriend (now wife Lisa) was also roommates with Jimmy. Both Arthur and Lisa have a lot of admiration and love for their dear friend.

Thank you, Arthur, for showing up at Camp Pendleton and serving our Military Personnel in honor of Jimmy.
There is no happily ever after, just happily here and now…

There is no happily ever after, just happily here and now…

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller

Where are your thoughts right now? Are you able to concentrate on the words you are
reading or are you ‘future tripping’, worrying about carpool rides for the kids, or maybe
you are wondering if you will be okay or be unprepared and awkward in tomorrow’s staff
meeting? Are you projecting into the future your thoughts and feelings only to arrive at
that time and place never truly ‘be there’, desperately attempting to figure out what may
or may not happen and how I will feel when I get there? This is the very definition of
anxiety. Living in speculation and expectation can lead towards resentment, not only
towards self but towards others and your outer world in general. Or are you remorseful
and resentful, regretting past decisions you have made? Should have, could have, would
have, living in the past, torturing yourself and listening to the lies you tell yourself until it
becomes a narrative that constructs who you are.

These states of being can keep us in victim mode, reacting to things emotionally as they
arise, taking things always personally. These speculative states can only lead to suffering,
and to what end? As our brain desperately attempts to map out the future so that we are
not surprised we become risk averse, stuck in a fight, flight or freeze mode. We are
unable to access higher regions of the brain and self and process our thoughts and
feelings effectively. Living in the past creates doubt and second-guessing, each should,
could and would is a total lie, we cannot change things in our past only learn from them.
We can work on staying in the only thing that truly is; the moment you are in.

Staying present, centered and aware can be challenging, but here are a few exercises to ground
you and bring you into your true reality.

You can first start by naming things in the room, I know it sounds silly but go ahead and do it now… what you are feeling is physically being in the time and place that you are in. When we have gotten good at that, we can continue to cycle through our senses; what we are hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling, literally coming into them… The sounds of the your neighborhood coming to life, the coffee from this morning, the cushions supporting our body as we sit. All of your senses come to life; you can be present to what is in front of you and around you, able to flow on into the next indicated thing.


Anxiety is living in the future, depression is living in the past.

The key to being okay is living in the here and now.