DAYTON, Ohio (NNS) -- Ohio is the birthplace of some of the most renowned names in Naval history including NASA astronauts James Lovell Jr., from the infamous Apollo 13 mission and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Admiral Ernest J. King, also an Ohio native, served as Commander in Chief of Naval Forces and Chief of Naval Operations throughout most of World War II.
These Sailors' contributions had a direct impact on the world we live in and today's Navy. The next astronaut or CNO may be walking the streets of Ohio right now, and to create the opportunity for that young man or woman to interact with our nation's Navy the greater Dayton area will play host to Navy Week Dayton June 13-19.
"Navy Week is a great opportunity to bring the Navy to Dayton, and to thank the people of Dayton for their unwavering support of the Navy," said Lt. Javan Rasnake, lead planner of Navy Week Dayton. "It's also a chance to showcase some of our Sailors local to the Dayton area, such as reservists and Sailors from the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton."
Navy Week Dayton will showcase Navy Band Northeast performing throughout the week at a number of events and culminating with a performance by the band and the Navy Leap Frog demonstration team at the 42nd annual Dayton Air Show.
Rear Adm. Victor W. Hall, deputy commander for Navy Medicine West and deputy corps chief for the Medical Service Corps has local ties to the Miami Valley area as a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.
"This is a homecoming for me," said Hall. "I was born and raised in Cincinnati and traveled to the Dayton area on a regular basis. When we take a look at where the vast majority of our Sailors come from, you will see that they come from America's heartland. Events like Navy Week gives us an opportunity to show not only what the Navy is, but also show Americans what their sons and daughters are a part of."
Rear Adm. John R. Haley, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic and flag host of Navy Week Dayton jumped at the chance to visit friends of he and his wife in the area and also sees the great value of finding the next generation of Sailors in the Midwest.
"I am extremely honored to participate in Dayton Navy Week in our nation's heartland," said Haley. "Of the 50 states, Ohio ranks in the top 10 for science & math education (and only two of the other top 10 most populous states are on that list with Ohio); we need to start encouraging young women and men to consider serving our country with the Navy. In spite of being hundreds of miles from the ocean, many of our future Navy leaders are in Ohio schools today."
Haley and Hall will both meet with southwestern Ohio's corporate, civic, government, educational, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations throughout the greater Dayton/Miami Valley area throughout Navy Week Dayton.
Navy Band Northeast will perform during Huber Heights's YMCA Navy Day. Children attending several day camps throughout the Dayton area will be brought together for the event. Sailors will be on site to provide a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) truck demonstration and will offer an opportunity for children attending YMCA Navy Day to ask any questions they have about the Navy.
"We want our children to appreciate our military and first responders for their daily service," said Vickie Dannals, Dayton YMCA executive director for Child Care Services. "We also want them to be aware of these career options. For them to have direct contact with persons from the Navy and military is impactful as they are able to have a better understanding of potential career opportunities, as well as see a real face to connect with and ask questions."
Navy Weeks are used to both inform the public about the Navy and its Sailors as well as the technological advances being used in the Navy's fleet on shore, in the air, and at sea.
Dayton Navy Week is the seventh of 15 Navy weeks in 2016 that share a variety of assets, equipment and personnel with a single city to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.
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