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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

Sea Air Space 2016 #SAS16

It was standing room only for the Naval Sea Systems Command presentations at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition.  SAS brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual educational, professional and maritime based event.

Vox Optima consultants Rachel O'Sullivan and Floyd Vasquez came in from San Diego and Albuquerque, respectively, to assist Gary Potterfield, Scott Webb, Morgan Williams and Brittany Lowrey. Dustin Diaz was there reporting for Wavelets, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division’s Weekly Newsletter.

Vox Optima also teamed up with the 3rd Wednesday DC area public affairs group for a discussion, live webcast and reception at Vox Optima's National Harbor Offices and broadcast studio.  If you missed it the lively talk is available here for on-demand viewing.

USS Barry leaves Washington Shipyard on Final Voyage

What a sight!  Enjoyed this assignment on May 7, 2016.  We were aboard a Bell 412 as Tugboats prepared to tow Former USS Barry (DD 93) down the Anacostia River to Philadelphia for scrapping. Barry was a Display ship moored at the Washington Navy Yard since 1984. Named for Commodore John Barry, the ship was decommissioned in 1982.  (U.S. Navy Photos by Scott Adam Webb/Released)