Navy Week sails to Montgomery

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The U.S. Navy is preparing to hold Navy Week in Montgomery during the week of April 1-7, as the fourth Navy Week of the calendar year.

Montgomery Navy Week will bring together 50 to 75 Sailors from across the country to volunteer throughout the community and discuss why the Navy is important to Montgomery. This will be the first Navy Week hosted by Montgomery and surrounding communities.

The U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs at the Yellowstone International Air Show in Billings, Mont.  The Blue Angels conduct flight displays at 32 locations across the country to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public.

The U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs at the Yellowstone International Air Show in Billings, Mont. The Blue Angels conduct flight displays at 32 locations across the country to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public.

“We are thrilled to bring the Navy to Montgomery,” said NAVCO Director, Cmdr. Anthony Valvo. “Although our Navy is deployed around the world and around the clock, Navy Week allows us to showcase our Navy in places that do not have a daily naval presence. Most importantly, it gives us the opportunity to highlight our most important assets – our men and women.” Highly skilled US Navy personnel who ensure our combat superiority to preserve our American way of life.

Montgomery Marine Week will feature displays, performances and in-person engagements throughout the week which will include:

  • Senior Navy Commanders – Flag Officer and senior civilian Navy leaders with ties to Montgomery and the surrounding area.

  • Sailors of the same name – Sailors serving aboard the USS Alabama (SSBN-731), an Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, and the USS Montgomery (LCS-8), an Independence-class littoral combat ship.

  • Navy Southeast Band – Performances and masterclasses with Navy musicians.

  • Naval History and Heritage Command – Educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between Alabama and the Navy.

  • USS Constitution – Demonstrations of the oldest ship in the Navy.

  • Naval Expeditionary Combat Command – STEM educational and physical fitness demonstrations by technicians, medics and divers.

  • U.S. Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Command – Educational presentation on the importance of atmospheric and oceanographic sciences and the overall value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to the Navy.

  • Navy Weeks is the service’s signature outreach program, designed to allow Montgomery citizens to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. The Navy Weeks are coordinated by the Navy Community Outreach Office (NAVCO).

Since 2005, Navy Week has been the Navy’s primary outreach effort in areas without a significant Navy presence, with more than 300 Navy Weeks held in more than 95 different U.S. markets. Each year, the program reaches more than 150 million people, about half the population of the United States.

“Our mission is to connect to the heartbeat of every community and strive to make a lasting impact on Sailors, partners and community members,” said NAVCO Navy Week Program Director, Lt. Carolyn Ready. “We coordinate with businesses, civil and community service organizations, local government, educational institutions, the media and veterans to give the community as many opportunities as possible to engage with their Navy.”

For more information about Montgomery Marine Week visit https://outreach.navy.mil Or contact Chief Planner John Hankemeier at (901) 229-5631 or john.t.hankemeier.civ@us.navy.mil

This article originally appeared on the Montgomery Advertiser: Navy Week sails to Montgomery

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