The Navy the nation needs is coming to the Gateway to the West for Navy Week in late summer, coinciding with the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo 2019, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Sailors from across the United States will be in the greater St. Louis area Sept. 2-8.
Navy Weeks are the service’s signature outreach program and allow the Navy to build and strengthen ties to the community. St. Louis Navy Week is scheduled to feature:
– Senior Navy leadership
– The U.S. Navy Blue Angels
– Sailors from the city’s namesake ship, USS St. Louis
– Sailors from the oldest warship afloat, USS Constitution
– Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units
– Navy Band Great Lakes performances
– Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs
– U.S. Naval Academy STEM
– Local Navy recruiters
Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s primary outreach effort into areas of the country, which do not have a significant Navy presence, with more than 230 Navy Weeks held in more than 80 different U.S. markets. The last time the Navy Week program was featured in St. Louis was 2016.
“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life,” said Cmdr. Linda Rojas, director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), which plans and executes the Navy Week program. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily in select locations 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, including: corporate, education, diversity, community service, veterans groups, civic presentations, and general public events.
“During a Navy Week, we coordinate about 75 outreach events with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city,” said Lt. John Stevens, NAVCO Navy Week program manager. “The 2019 schedule has been exciting for us. We ventured outside the continental U.S. for the first time in our program’s history with Puerto Rico Navy Week, and we’re taking the program to new places like Grand Junction, Colorado, and Wichita.”
A variety of public events and musical performances will take place throughout the week, with the festivities culminating at the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo.
For more information on Navy Weeks and the 2019 schedule, visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks-2019/. A full schedule of public events will be available in mid-August.
Via Press Release