Navy Week Comes To Duluth This Summer, One Of Six Cities
America’s Navy is coming home to Duluth, Minn., in 2014, one of six cities selected to host a Navy Week. Navy week will take place August 18th thru the 24th. It’s a time to get to know the Navy, what they do and some of the equipment they use.
During Navy Week, here’s what they plan to showcase.
- “Leap Frogs,” The Navy Parachute Team
- Navy Divers and or Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams
- Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
- Navy Band musical performances
- Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
- Visits to area schools
- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
- Visits with local veterans
Since 2005, the Navy Week program has been a great tool for the Navy to connect with the public and to use as recruiting. .According to the press release, “Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand that their Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans, that their Navy is deployed around the world around the clock, and is ready to defend America at all times,” said Cmdr. Kim Marks, Director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, which plans and executes the Navy Week program. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.”
Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market. During a Navy Week, 75-100 outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city.
The Navy Week program returns following a year in which sequestration and its impact on outreach spending forced the program to be suspended. Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that enables the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in 2014, albeit at a significantly reduced capacity.
Other cities selected to host a 2014 Navy Week include: Dallas / Fort Worth; St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Omaha, Neb.; and Baltimore.
For more information about 2014 Duluth Navy Week, contact:
Mr. Gary Ross