ABQ Navy Week Updates & Media Page

Albuquerque #NavyWeek September 12-18, 2016

Navy Week is here! This page has links to press releases, flyers, articles and other resources regarding Navy Week.  Veteran Service Organizations and other interested parties are invited to share this information widely and use the official hashtag: #NavyWeek. The official Navy Week Albuquerque public calendar is here.

Press Releases

9/9/2016 The Duke City Hosts America's Navy During Albuquerque Navy Week
9/9/2016 Navy Week ABQ Begins Monday
9/9/2016 Navy Medicine Heads to Albuquerque Navy Week

Key Events to publicize and attend*

Saturday, 9/10/2016
8:30 a.m. Navy Band NW, NM State Fair Parade (more infoflyer)

Sunday, 9/11/2016
1:00 p.m.  Navy Band NW Popular Music Group, Old Town Gazebo (more info
3:00 p.m.  Navy Band Woodwind Trio "Trident Winds", National Nuclear Museum (flyer)  

Monday, 9/12/2016
10:30 a.m. Kick Off Ceremony, NM Veterans Memorial (more info)
12:00 p.m. Rotary Club of Albuquerque Luncheon, Hotel Albuquerque (more info)
6:00 p.m.  Navy Band NW Popular Music Group, Pavilion Stage, NM State Fair (more info)

Tuesday, 9/13/2016
11:00 a.m. Military/Veterans Appreciation Ceremony, NM State Fair, Pavilion Stage (more info)
5:00 p.m. Proclamation Presentation, Bernalillo County Commission Meeting (more info)
6:30 p.m. Navy Band NW Popular Music Group, Pavilion Stage, NM State Fair (more info)

Wednesday, 9/14/2016
11:00 a.m. Navy Band Concert, Canteen Courtyard, VA Medical Center (more info, flyer)
11:00 a.m. Navy Divers set up at seal pool at BioPark Zoo
12:00 p.m. Navy Band Concert at UNM Plaza (more info, flyer)
2:00 p.m. Navy Week Event at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (more info)
6:30 p.m. Navy League New Mexico Council Dinner, El Pinto (more info)

Saturday, 9/17/2016
11:30 a.m. - Navy Band Brass Quartet, National Nuclear Museum (more info, flyer)
12:30 p.m. - Leapfrogs U.S. Navy Parachute Team jump into The Downs, ABQ.

* News reporters & editors click here.

VSO/MEDIA Resources


Media & VSO Contact:
Floyd E. Vasquez Jr., In City Planner (505-980-1028)


Navy Week, naturalization ceremony to highlight Military and Veterans Day at the State Fair, Ruidoso News, 9/1/2016

Dropping Anchor, by Glen Rosales, Albuquerque Journal

Jumping from a plane high above Albuquerque, 10 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEALs team known as the Leap Frogs will plummet downward Saturday, Sept. 17, before popping their chutes and gliding safely and majestically to the infield of the Albuquerque Downs racetrack, kicking off the New Mexico State Fair’s horse racing for the day. Read more...

This week Navy Week Lead Planner Lt. Jason Fischer appeared on Calling All Veterans with Chuck Z on KVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe.  The program airs live weekly on Tuesdays from 12-1 and episodes are made available for On Demand listening.  Click here to listen to the show.  The Navy Week interview begins at 25 minutes in.  Thank you Chuck Z! 

See also: Vox Optima Veterans Services

Albuquerque Selected for 2016 Navy Week

America’s Navy is coming to Albuquerque soon, one of 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

Albuquerque Navy Week is scheduled for September 12-18, coincident with the New Mexico State Fair, and is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.  The Navy plans to include the following elements in the week-long celebration:

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s signature outreach effort into areas of the country which do not have a significant Navy presence, with 181 Navy Weeks being held in 68 different U.S. cities.  

“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand that their Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans, that their Navy is deployed around the world around the clock, and is ready to defend America at all times,” said John Wallach, Deputy Director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, which plans and executes the Navy Week program. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas.  That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.” 

Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market.

"During a Navy Week, 75-100 outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city," said Lt. Cmdr. Brett Dawson, Navy Office of Community Outreach Event Planning Department.  "We bring in as much of the Navy as we can.  The Blue Angels, the Navy Parachute Team, bands, divers, Seabees, EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) teams, crews of ships and submarines that are named after a city or state or have a tie to the area, hometown Sailors, medical personnel, environmental displays, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets all have participated in the Navy Week program."

Download: Navy Weeks: Bringing America’s Navy Home