MILLINGTON, Tenn. - (NNS) -- Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, are scheduled to host members of the U.S. Navy during Shreveport/Bossier City Navy Week, Oct. 29 through Nov. 4, coinciding with the Louisiana State Fair.
The Navy Week will bring Sailors from different units across the United States to conduct focused outreach events with members of the community. Sailors from the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team, USS Constitution, Explosive Ordnance Group 2, USS Louisiana (SSBN 734), Navy Band Southeast, Navy Recruiting District Houston, Navy Operational Support Command Shreveport and aviation assets will visit the city to educate citizens about what their Navy does for them.
Cmdr. Rob Lightfoot, commanding officer of USS Laboon (DDG 58), will be the Navy Week senior host who will participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and education leaders during the week.
“Our nation's Navy draws its Sailors from across the nation, not just from coastal areas where the Navy's presence is greater,” said Lightfoot. “Navy Weeks, like this one in Shreveport- Bossier City, help show what the Navy does for Americans who may not otherwise get to see what we do. Through Navy Weeks, we can also inform citizens what their tax dollars are funding, and how the Navy provides economic and physical security of our Nation's interests, both at home and abroad. A strong Navy is critical to our Nation's stability, and we are here to relay that message to the great people of Bossier City and Shreveport.”
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.
“Shreveport and Bossier City have been great Navy Week communities in the past and that has held true for this Navy Week as well,” said Lt. Mack Jamieson, Navy Week Shreveport/Bossier City lead planner. “Our Sailors are excited to have the opportunity to meet and interact with the locals of these dynamic and growing communities. It is a pleasure to be here and I think it is going to be a great week.”
A variety of Navy Band Southeast ensembles will perform during the week including concerts at the Shreveport Aquarium, Overton VA Hospital, the farmer’s market, Red River District, several schools, veterans’ homes and more.
“The Navy is sending three different performing units to Navy Week,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer David Bogart, operations department head at Navy Band Southeast. “We are sending our high-energy Popular Music Group also known as the Rock Band, our New Orleans-style Brass Band, and our Brass Quintet. Each of these ensembles can provide a very entertaining concert. Also, we perform at high schools and middle schools throughout the local area. After our concert for the student body, we like to work with the band students by providing clinics and master classes.”
Additionally, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard will perform its unique rifle demonstrations for visitors of the Louisiana State Fair throughout the week. The drill team will also be visiting several schools in the local community.
“The Navy presence in Bossier and Shreveport is small, so coming here provides the citizens of those cities with an opportunity to connect with some of the men and women who defend our nation,” said Lt. Charles Celerier, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team Officer. “Our performance as a drill team exemplifies the professionalism and discipline of the Navy. Those attributes on an individual level are what make our Navy strong. By performing at outreach events like this one, we hope to impart a sense of what those core values mean to us and a Navy and also to inspire communities and the next generation of future leaders to support, or even join, the Navy.”
Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Group 2 will provide engaging, dynamic, hands-on displays at various schools for STEM activities along with USS Constitution and USS Louisiana sailors, naval aviation assets and more.
Shreveport/Bossier City Navy Week is one of only 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.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks/Shreveport.