MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- California's capital is scheduled to host members of the U.S. Navy during Sacramento Navy Week, July 16-22, coinciding with the California State Fair.
Sacramento Navy Week will bring Sailors from different units across the United States to conduct focused outreach events with members of the community. The Navy week will bring Sailors from USS Constitution, Navy Band Northwest, USS La Jolla, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Drill Team, Explosive Ordnance Group One, U.S. Naval Academy and Navy Operational Support Center Sacramento.
Sacramento native, Rear Admiral Scott Jones, Deputy Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic will be the Navy week's flag host who will participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and educations leaders during the week.
"I am quite excited to take part in Navy Week in Sacramento," said Jones. "As a native of Sacramento, it will be a unique privilege to represent my military service, the U.S. Navy, in the same town where I was born and raised."
Historically, Navy Week events draw thousands of attendees to participate and create a dialogue between sailors and local residents. The events are designed to raise awareness about the Navy the nation needs in areas that do not have a large naval presence.
"The excitement is building now as we near this awesome Navy outreach event," said Gary Ross, lead planner for the Navy Week. "It's going to be great to see Sailors engage the citizens of Sacramento and tell America's Navy story."
A variety of Navy band ensembles will perform during the week, including performances at the California State Fair, Powerhouse Science Center and the Veterans Home of California Yountville.
"Navy Band Northwest contributes to Navy Week Sacramento through multiple community outreach and public relations performances with several of our top-notch groups such as our Jazz Combo, High-Energy Funk Band and versatile brass groups," said Musician 1st Class Garrett Stephan. "Throughout the week, band members will perform for thousands in the greater Sacramento area at baseball games, soccer matches, farmers markets, and more."
Multiple assets will participate in a Navy STEM Day at the Powerhouse Science Center on Tuesday, July 17 where attendees can interact with Sailors with hands-on activities throughout the day.
Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49, the Scorpions, will land a MH-60R helicopter at the California State Fair on Thursday for Military Appreciation Day. Attendees will be able to tour the helicopter as well as interact with sailors from multiple commands. Navy Band Northwest will play several concerts throughout the day at the fair.
Navy Operational Support Command Sacramento Sailors will volunteer for local organizations throughout the week including the Sacramento Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the Greater Sacramento Boys & Girls Club.
The week will wrap up with displays at the California Aerospace Museum on Friday, July 20. Sailors will also volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House on Friday, cooking dinner for the families, offering engaging static displays, and a musical performance from Navy Band Northwest.
Sacramento Navy Week is the seventh of 14 Navy weeks in 2018 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.
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For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks/Sacramento.
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