HARRINGTON, Del. (NNS) -- With one last, rock-the-house performance on the final night of the 2008 Delaware State Fair, the Naval Academy's premier rock band, the Electric Brigade, closed the first Delaware Navy Week July 26.
The band's performance concluded a week of festivities organized by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) and Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Philadelphia.
"The citizens of Delaware have been wonderful. They have a lot of energy and made it fun and exciting to take the stage each night," said Chief Musician Frank Dominguez, Electric Brigade leader, vocalist and saxophone player.
The Electric Brigade performed 17 free shows during the week. Additionally, the U.S Navy Band Country Current, brought their country-bluegrass sounds to the fair for a standing-room-only performance.
The Navy's representative for Delaware Navy Week was Rear Adm. Joseph F. Campbell, director, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk.
"When I received word that the Navy was going to Delaware for the first ever Delaware Navy Week, I was excited to participate and to help get the Navy message out there."
Campbell, who grew up in Newark, Del., appeared on local radio and television shows, and served as co-grand marshal of the Armed Forces Day parade at the state fair July 21. He addressed the crowd at a sold-out concert by country music star Carrie Underwood. He thanked the citizens of Delaware for their ongoing support of the military.
Highlights of the week also included proclamations from Robert E. 'Gene' Price, Jr., mayor of Harrington, Del., and Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, who officially designated Delaware Navy Week, July 17-26.
"I know from growing-up in Delaware how patriotic the state is," said Campbell. "The support and open-arms welcome was tremendous."
Throughout the week Sailors from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS Annapolis (SSN 760), and the Navy Operational Support Center, Wilmington, Del., participated in a Navy 'Caps for Kids' visit to Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington; a meet-and-greet at the Delaware's Veterans Home in Milford; and a luncheon hosted by Price at the Senior Center in Harrington. The Sailors also marched in the Armed Forces Day parade at the fair.
Fair attendance was projected at more than 300,000 and many took the opportunity to meet members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12 from Little Creek, Va., and take a virtual ride in the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet flight simulator. EOD Sailors were a big hit on Healthy Kids Day at the fair when many children were introduced to an MK II Talon robot.
In addition to the Navy Week festivities at the fair, Campbell was the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Del. He spoke about the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy with more than 200 local and regional business leaders.
Delaware Navy Week was one of more than 20 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2008. Navy Weeks are part of the Navy's commitment to community outreach showing Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increasing awareness in areas which do not have a significant everyday Navy presence.
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