MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) – The U.S. Navy is preparing to bring the first ever Navy Week to Lincoln, Nebraska during the week of Aug. 21-27, in conjunction with the Guardians of Freedom Airshow featuring the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
Lincoln Navy Week will bring between 50 and 75 Sailors from across the nation to volunteer throughout the community and discuss why the Navy matters to Lincoln.
Lincoln Navy Week will feature in-person demonstrations, performances, and engagements throughout the week that will include:
● Senior Navy Leaders – Flag officer and senior civilian Navy leaders with ties to Lincoln and the surrounding area.
● Namesake Sailors – Sailors serving on USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), an Ohio class of ballistic missile submarine. and USS Omaha (LCS 12), an Independence-class littoral combat ship.
● U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes-Performances and masterclasses with Navy an Independence-class littoral combat ship Musicians.
● Naval History and Heritage Command – Educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between Nebraska and the Navy.
● USS Constitution – Demonstrations about the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy.
● U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard – Presentations by the official ceremonial unit of the Navy.
● Navy Expeditionary Combat Command – Educational STEM presentations and fitness demonstrations by Navy EOD Technicians and Navy Divers.
● U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command – Educational presentation on the importance of atmospheric and oceanographic science and the overall value of STEM education to the Navy.
● Office of Small Business Programs – Workshops on doing business with the Department of the Navy.
● Navy Talent Acquisition Group – Educational presentations, community service projects and static displays.
● Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Community engagements and air show performance.
Navy Weeks are the service’s signature outreach program, designed to allow the citizens of Lincoln to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) coordinates Navy Weeks.
"We are excited to bring the Navy Week program to Lincoln," said NAVCO's director, Cmdr. Anthony Falvo. “Seapower and America’s Navy are more important now than ever before. The U.S. Navy remains our nation’s most powerful instrument of military influence and Navy Weeks allow us to showcase how the Navy serves America at sea, in the air, and ashore.”
Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort to regions without a significant Navy presence, with over 250 Navy Weeks held in more than 80 different U.S. markets.
“We coordinate about 75 outreach events during a Navy Week through corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, and community service engagements,” said NAVCO Navy Week program manager Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Chambers. “We’re excited about this year’s schedule as it allows us to visit new markets such as Lincoln.”