America’s Navy sails into 14 sites across the country in 2019 — from the Lowcountry of Charleston, S.C., to the island of Puerto Rico, to the frontier of Grand Junction, Colo. — as part of the Navy Week outreach program.
Navy Weeks, coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, with 224 Navy Weeks held in 76 different U.S. markets.
“Navy Weeks allow us to showcase the skilled, talented and capable sons and daughters of America who serve in today’s Navy, and some of the innovative technology they use every day,” said Cmdr. Linda Rojas, NAVCO’s director. “We focus our forward presence on sharing in communities across the U.S. who often have little-to-no contact with Sailors. We’ve found that these exchanges have gone a long way for raising awareness of the Navy, expanding and strengthening community partnerships with the people we serve.”
Navy Weeks are scheduled for the following cities in 2019:
- - Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27-March 5
- - Charleston, S.C., March 11-17
- - Miami, Fla., March 25-31
- - Wilmington, N.C., April 1-7
- Puerto Rico, April 8-14
- Oklahoma City, Okla., May 27-June 2
- Nashville, Tenn., June 3-9
- Quad Cities, Iowa, June 24-30
- Duluth, Minn., July 15-21
- Grand Junction, Colo., July 22-28
- Boise, Idaho, Aug. 19-25
- St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2-8
- Wichita, Kan., Sept. 9-15
- Charleston, W.V., Oct. 14-20
Navy Weeks bring a variety of events, equipment, and personnel to a single city for a weeklong series of engagements with the public, key influencers, and organizations representing all sectors of the community.
“During a Navy Week, nearly one hundred outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service, and diversity organizations in the city,” said Lt. John Stevens, NAVCO’s event planning department head. “Partnering with communities across our nation, we bring in as much of the Navy as we can to raise awareness of our ultimate mission — protecting our way of life — and its importance to the public.”
A microcosm of our bigger, better and increasingly networked fleet, the Navy Week program has grown each year since its inception and now incorporates more than 15 activities including:
- Senior Navy Leadership
- The Blue Angels
- The Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Demonstration Team
- The Navy Bands
- Divers, Seabees, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams
- Naval aviation aircraft and aircrew
- Sailors from ships and submarines with namesake ties to Navy Week markets
- Sailors from Navy Week markets
- Navy Medicine personnel
- USS Constitution Sailors and equipment
- Naval History and Heritage Command
- Meteorological and Oceanographic Command
- The Navy Ceremonial Guard
- Navy Recruiting Command
- Navy Office of Small Business Programs
Navy Week cities are chosen based on a variety of factors, including Gallup data on Navy knowledge and awareness, Navy recruiting data, demographic information, namesake ties of ships and submarines, past outreach history in the market, and geography to ensure events are dispersed across the country.
Last year’s Navy Week program, through the execution of more than 1,000 individual outreach events, showcased the Navy, its mission, and its people to a combined audience of approximately 150 million Americans — almost half the U.S. population.
For more information, visit www.outreach.navy.mil