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Grand Junction Celebrates Its First Navy Week

02 August 2019

02 August 2019

Grand Junction, Colorado might be a land-locked state and hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that didn’t stop the Navy from sailing into town July 22 – 28 to celebrate the town’s first ever Navy Week. Navy Week is an outreach program that travels to cities without a significant Navy presence, giving people who might never otherwise interact with the Navy, an opportunity to learn what the U.S. Navy does.  The weeklong engagement also plays a vital role in connecting the American public with Sailors, assets and Navy equipment introducing local communities with an understanding of why having a strong Navy is so invaluable to our country. Both residents and Sailors interacted in outreach events providing the opportunity for visible awareness of the mission, capabilities and importance of the U.S. Navy.

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190724-N-KR702-0373 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 24, 2019) Future Sailors from Navy Recruiting Division (NRD) Metropolitan took the oath of enlistment from Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, senior executive host of Western Slope Navy Week, at the Colorado National Monument, July 24. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Holly L. Herline)
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190724-N-KR702-0373 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 24, 2019) Future Sailors from Navy Recruiting Division (NRD) Metropolitan took the oath of enlistment from Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, senior executive host of Western Slope Navy Week, at the Colorado National Monument, July 24. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Holly L. Herline)
Photo By: MC1 Holly Herline
VIRIN: 190724-N-KR702-0373

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190722-N-SM577-0100 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 22, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, gives a presentation to campers of East Camp at the Lincoln Park Recreation Center as part of Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
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190722-N-SM577-0100 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 22, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, gives a presentation to campers of East Camp at the Lincoln Park Recreation Center as part of Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Casey Scoular
VIRIN: 190722-N-SM577-0100

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190727-N-OY339-2112 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 27, 2019) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond pilots perform the “Diamond 360” maneuver in a demonstration at the Grand Junction Air Show in Grand Junction, Colo. The Blue Angels are scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the country to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)
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190727-N-OY339-2112 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 27, 2019) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond pilots perform the “Diamond 360” maneuver in a demonstration at the Grand Junction Air Show in Grand Junction, Colo. The Blue Angels are scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the country to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Christopher Gordon
VIRIN: 190727-N-OY339-2112

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190723-N-SM577-0048 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), gives a flag flown aboard Mesa Verde to the family of Mesa County Sherriff’s Deputy Derek Greer at a memorial service for Greer during Navy Week Grand Junction. Greer, a Navy veteran, was killed after responding to 911 reports of a masked man with a gun. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
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190723-N-SM577-0048 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), gives a flag flown aboard Mesa Verde to the family of Mesa County Sherriff’s Deputy Derek Greer at a memorial service for Greer during Navy Week Grand Junction. Greer, a Navy veteran, was killed after responding to 911 reports of a masked man with a gun. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Casey Scoular
VIRIN: 190723-N-SM577-0048

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190723-N-FM530-0042 GRAND JUNCTION, Co. (July 23, 2019) Lt. j.g. Antonio Alamazan, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), speaks with local radio station about the Navy and ship during the Western Slope Navy Week and Mesa Verde Namesake visit. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brent Pyfrom/Released)
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190723-N-FM530-0042 GRAND JUNCTION, Co. (July 23, 2019) Lt. j.g. Antonio Alamazan, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), speaks with local radio station about the Navy and ship during the Western Slope Navy Week and Mesa Verde Namesake visit. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brent Pyfrom/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Brent Pyfrom
VIRIN: 190723-N-FM530-0042

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190727-N-OY339-3010 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 27, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. David Gardner, the public affairs officer assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, interacts with fans at America's Navy's Virtual Reality Experience during the Grand Junction Air Show at Grand Junction, Colo. The Blue Angels are scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the country to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)
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190727-N-OY339-3010 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 27, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. David Gardner, the public affairs officer assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, interacts with fans at America's Navy's Virtual Reality Experience during the Grand Junction Air Show at Grand Junction, Colo. The Blue Angels are scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the country to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American public in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)
Photo By: MC2 Christopher Gordon
VIRIN: 190727-N-OY339-3010

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190725-N-SM577-0105 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 25, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, takes a selfie with West Camp summer campers at West Middle School during Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
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190725-N-SM577-0105 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 25, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, takes a selfie with West Camp summer campers at West Middle School during Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Casey Scoular
VIRIN: 190725-N-SM577-0105

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190723-N-KR702-0058 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Sailors from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 meet with Army veteran Ann Reynolds, who recently turned 100 years old, during a Meals on Wheels Mesa County meal delivery, July 23, 2019. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Holly L. Herline/Released)
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190723-N-KR702-0058 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Sailors from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 meet with Army veteran Ann Reynolds, who recently turned 100 years old, during a Meals on Wheels Mesa County meal delivery, July 23, 2019. The Navy Week program brings Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Holly L. Herline/Released)
Photo By: MC1 Holly Herline
VIRIN: 190723-N-KR702-0058

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190723-N-SM577-0038 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Rear Adm. Brett C. Batchelder, director of Maritime Operations (N04), U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks at a memorial service for Mesa County Sherriff's Deputy Derek Greer during Navy Week Grand Junction. Greer, a Navy veteran, was killed after responding to 911 reports of a masked man with a gun. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
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190723-N-SM577-0038 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 23, 2019) Rear Adm. Brett C. Batchelder, director of Maritime Operations (N04), U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks at a memorial service for Mesa County Sherriff's Deputy Derek Greer during Navy Week Grand Junction. Greer, a Navy veteran, was killed after responding to 911 reports of a masked man with a gun. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Casey Scoular
VIRIN: 190723-N-SM577-0038

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190725-N-SM577-0071 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 25, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, gives a presentation to West Camp summer campers at West Middle School during Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
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190725-N-SM577-0071 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 25, 2019) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Charles Hardmon, from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., assigned to USS Constitution, gives a presentation to West Camp summer campers at West Middle School during Grand Junction Navy Week. The Navy Office of Community Outreach uses the Navy Week program to bring Navy Sailors, equipment and displays to approximately 14 American cities each year for a week-long schedule of outreach engagements designed for Americans to experience firsthand how the U.S. Navy is the Navy the nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Photo By: MC3 Casey Scoular
VIRIN: 190725-N-SM577-0071

Check to see if a Navy Week is coming to your community.  Scheduled cities remaining in 2019 are:

– Boise, Idaho, Aug. 19-25 – St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2-8 – Wichita, Kan., Sept. 9-15 – Charleston, W.V., Oct. 14-20

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