Golden State's Capital City Welcomes America's Navy

Story Number: NNS160919-29Release Date: 9/19/2016 3:12:00 PM
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By M. Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sacramento will host the Navy for the third time in eight years when Navy Week kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Sacramento Veterans Auditorium with a concert celebration, and concludes with the Capitol Air Show featuring the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels.

"Sacramento Navy Week is an opportunity for people to see America's Navy up close, and to make sure that happens, the Navy brings in as much as possible and approximately 60 events have been planned," said Mr. Gary Ross, lead planner for Sacramento Navy Week with the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).

Navy Week Flag Host Rear Adm. Douglas "Woody" Beal, deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command, will have the honor to participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and educational leaders during the week.

"It's an honor to be a part of Sacramento Navy Week and it is important for the Navy to come here to share our capabilities and to renew bonds between Sacramento and the Navy," said Rear Adm. Beal.

Several outreach events have been coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city. The Blue Angels, Navy Band Southwest, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets will be participating in the Sacramento Navy Week.

Navy Band Southwest music group "Destroyers" will also perform at Sacramento's "Block Party" at 6:00 pm. Sept. 30, and at the California Capital Airshow on both Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.

"The Destroyers is more than your average rock band," said Chief Musician Justin Belka, from NBSW. "Spanning charts through the decades, from the 70s to today, this dynamic group of professional musicians is sure to please any crowd and appeal to people of all ages. The Destroyers utilize the latest sound reinforcement technology and performance techniques, allowing them to accurately reproduce any music style or genre, from Bruno Mars to Johnny Cash."

Sailors from USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, and a ship that actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855, will come dressed in uniforms from the 1800s to provide educational interactions about the ship's history and current activities.

"The best part of serving on the Constitution is the sense of pride, history and heritage," said Seaman Casey Kaczmarek.

Constitution's interpretive history presentations, which include hands-on artifacts, will be presented to numerous schools in the area.

The culmination of Sacramento Navy Week will be the California Capital Airshow featuring the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, celebrating their 70th anniversary of flying excellence.

"The pilots want to be very approachable and connect with the American people by meeting, asking questions and seeing the pilot in action," said Blue Angels Public Affairs Officer Lt. Joseph Hontz.

Sacramento's warm welcome to the Navy promises for a week of events and activities that all should remember long after the Navy Week and the airshow have concluded.

Sacramento Navy Week is the 13th of 15 Navy Weeks in 2016 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.

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Seaman Alec Difiore, with U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, gives a high five to a girl following an appearance at the Blank Park Zoo as part of Navy Week Des Moines.
160819-N-WR119-288 DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 19, 2016) Seaman Alec Difiore, with U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, gives a high five to a girl following an appearance at the Blank Park Zoo as part of Navy Week Des Moines. Des Moines is one of select cities to host a 2016 Navy Week, a week dedicated to raise U.S. Navy awareness through local outreach, community service and exhibitions (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol)
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