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Navy Week is coming to Waco

“Waco Navy Week provides a chance for people to see America’s Navy up close.”

Sailors from different units across the United States will arrive in Central Texas for Waco from April 2-8 for Waco Navy Week.

A series of outreach events with members of the community in conjunction with the Heart of Texas Airshow featuring the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels.

Sailors from USS Constitution, USS Texas, Navy Band Southwest, the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, ‘The Leap Frogs’ and Navy Recruiting District San Antonio will be present.

Lt. Cmdr. Brett Dawson, Navy Office of Community Outreach’s event planning department head said Navy Weeks give a unique opportunity to expose the community to the Navy the nation needs and its Sailors.

“Waco Navy Week provides a chance for people to see America’s Navy up close,” Dawson said.

The navy week’s flag host will be Waco Native, Rear Adm. James Bynum will be the Chief of Naval Air Training. He will participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and educational leaders during the week.

Bynum said he is delighted to have the opportunity to connect his Navy family with his hometown community.

“It is a particular honor for me to be part of Navy Week Waco,” Bynum said. “The people in the heart of Texas have great pride in their military and I look forward to sharing some of the Navy’s capabilities, telling our story, and introducing our Sailors to the city of Waco. I know it’s going to be a great time.”

The Navy Office of Community Outreach has coordinated several events throughout the area in partnership with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in Waco.

Musical groups from the Navy Band Southwest are scheduled to perform at various Waco venues including, McLennan Community College, Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, and Mayborn Museum Complex.

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

The Blue Angels are celebrating their 72nd anniversary and they will highlight the Heart of Texas Airshow in the culmination of Waco Navy Week.

Debby Standefer, president and CEO of the Heart of Texas Airshow said they are thrilled to bring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Waco.

“Only a few air shows in the country receive this honor and we are so proud to share this patriotic opportunity with the people of Central and North Texas,” Standefer said. “to have a Navy week taking place the week prior to the air show, an event only 14 cities nationwide lucky enough to receive this year, has not only brought tremendous excitement for the City of Waco, but for the Heart of Texas Airshow.”

Waco navy Week is the 2nd of 14 Navy weeks in 2018 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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