BOISE, Idaho (NNS) -- Boise, Idaho kicked off its first ever Navy Week in conjunction with the Western Idaho Fair Aug. 20.
Boise Navy Week will run through Aug. 29 and will be celebrated with daily events at the fair and throughout Boise, providing a glimpse into Navy life.
"The purpose of Navy Week is to give a snap shot of the Navy and the jobs Sailors do, to communities that are not necessarily near the ocean", said Rear Adm. Douglas J. Asbjornsen, Special Assistant for Integrated Undersea Warfare, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command.
Asbjornsen met with the Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to kick off Boise Navy Week and signed an official proclamation announcing Boise Navy Week on the steps of the state capitol.
"I have been to Boise many times," said Asbjornsen. "In fact, the Navy Operational Support Center Boise is one of five centers that I proudly sponsor. Boise is a great town with fantastic people. I am glad to be here. Boise is a very supportive of the military. Approximately 2000 residents are serving in the Navy."
Boise Navy Week highlights will include performances and clinics by the U.S. Navy Band Northwest "Passage", the Navy's parachute demonstration team the "Leap Frogs", and a Sea Cadets fun run. Sailors will also be participating in community service activities and demonstrations with Habitat for Humanity, activities at the Discovery Center, the Warhawk Museum and the YMCA.
A video message from USS Boise (SSN 764) crew members will be shown at Boise State University Stadium during a pre-season scrimmage football game.
For more information on Boise Navy Week visit www.navyweek.org/boise2010.
For more news from Navy Office of Community Outreach, visit www.navy.mil/local/navco.