Story Number: NNS140717-05Release Date: 7/17/2014 8:25:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs
OMAHA, Neb. (NNS) -- Omaha Navy Week 2014 kicked off July 14, beginning a weeklong series of events intended to introduce local community members to meet and interact with Sailors serving in their Navy.
The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that traditionally do not have a naval presence and include community relation projects, speaking engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and area Sailors.
Creighton University alumni Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke to Mayor Jean Stothert during a presentation of the Navy Week proclamation.
"Our Sailors don't come just from states with ports and harbors; they come from across America, Nebraska included," said Copeman.
Mayor Stothert expressed her pleasure to the Navy for choosing Omaha as a site of a Navy Week.
Rear Adm. Annie Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting Command, will also participate in Navy Week events along with more than 100 other Sailors from: the Blue Angels, USS Constitution (the world's oldest commissioned warship), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11, officers and crew members of USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), Navy Band Great Lakes, U.S. Strategic Command, Navy Operational Support Center Omaha and Navy recruiters in the area.
"America's Navy is the greatest Navy in history," said Copeman. "There is no place we don't steam, nowhere we can't go. America depends on a strong Navy and on ready Sailors."
Copeman spoke at Creighton University, the Lincoln Rotary club and met with Tanaska Energy officials at University of Nebraska and veterans at Omaha Veterans Hospital. Andrews is scheduled to speak at the Navy League reception and meet with executives of Con Agra and Union Pacific.
Andrews will also meet with various community leaders in the area to discuss the Navy's mission and its impact on Omaha and the state of Nebraska.
Events open to the public will include: a Blue Angels and Leap Frogs performance Saturday and Sunday at the Defenders of Freedom Air Show, Navy Band Great Lakes performance at Jazz on the Green on Thursday and local performances throughout the week. Constitution Sailors and EODMU 11 will hold demonstrations at Aim for the Stars Science Camp, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and local YMCAs.
"I am excited to be here to give back to the people of Omaha representing the crew of the USS Nebraska," said Chief Fire Controlman Lennard Hightower, from Los Angeles. "I enjoy sharing what I do and this is a great chance to do that."
Omaha Navy Week 2014 is one of six Navy Weeks scheduled this year.
For more information about Omaha Navy Week, visit www.navyoutreach.org/programs/navy-weeks/omaha/.
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