Chief of Naval Personnel Gets Cleveland Navy Week Underway


Story Number: NNS060830-03Release Date: 8/30/2006 10:00:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Sheehan, Navy Office of Community Outreach

CLEVELAND (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. got Cleveland Navy Week started in grand style Aug. 28, as he met with local Sailors, received a proclamation from Mayor Frank G. Jackson, and threw out the first pitch at a big league ball game.

Harvey officially started Cleveland Navy Week with a ceremony at the museum of the decommissioned submarine USS Cod (SS 224) along the shores of Lake Erie.

"Although Cleveland is not my hometown," said Harvey, "I did grow up down the road a bit in Youngstown. And I am really excited to be home celebrating Navy Week in Cleveland."

Jackson echoed Harvey's enthusiasm, and presented him with an official proclamation naming Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 as "Cleveland Navy Week."

"It is my pleasure, honor really, to designate Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 as Cleveland Navy Week," said Jackson. He went on to urge Clevelanders to celebrate what the military does for them and all Americans to help maintain their way of life.

Harvey, in turn, thanked the mayor and presented him with a plaque for his support of the Navy's presence in Cleveland.

After the ceremony, Harvey led the Navy contingent on the field at Jacob's Field before the start of the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball game. In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game, he reenlisted 15 local Sailors before the crowd of 19,623 baseball fans.

Navy Weeks are held throughout the United States to give Americans who live in cities without a significant Navy presence the opportunity to see their Navy firsthand. The Cleveland Navy Week features a performance by the Blue Angels, the Navy's F/A-18 flight simulator, the East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal Dive Tank, and a visit by the Commanding Officer and Sailors from USS Cleveland.

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Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. presents Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson with a plaque recognizing the Mayor's support for Cleveland Navy Week.
060828-N-7163S-006 Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 28, 2006) - Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. presents Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson with a plaque recognizing the Mayor's support for Cleveland Navy Week. Navy Week features Navy participation in community events ranging from professional baseball and football games to the Cleveland National Air Show. Twenty-six such weeks are planned in cities throughout the U.S., arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a unit tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Sheehan
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