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Quad-Cities Navy Week includes performances, Blue Angels

Quad-Cities Navy Week is scheduled for May 4-10, coinciding with the 29th Quad-City Air Show. Programs and presentations will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.
Among the features will be:
  • The Blue Angels Navy flight demonstration team
• Navy divers and/or Navy explosive ordnance disposal teams
• Sailors from the USS Constitution, the oldest-commissioned warship afloat in the world
• Navy Band performances
• School visits
• Community service projects
• Events with local sports teams
• Visits with local veterans.
Additionally, admirals and other senior Navy leaders will visit with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders.
“Outreach programs like Navy Weeks are extremely important to ensure Americans outside fleet concentration areas have the opportunity to connect with their Navy,” said Cmdr. James Stockman, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach, or NAVCO. “Navy Weeks allow Americans to meet face-to-face with Navy personnel to increase their understanding that their Navy is a warfighting force, deployed around the world and always ready.”
The Navy Week program began in 2005. NAVCO has coordinated 169 Navy Weeks in 69 cities.
Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach in a single city for a week-long series of engagements with leaders and organizations. More than 75 outreach events are coordinated during a Navy Week with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations.
Other cities selected to host a 2015 Navy Week include Shreveport, La.; Rhode Island; Rockford, Ill.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Fargo, N.D.; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Salt Lake City; Oklahoma City and Atlanta.
Here’s a look at some of the Navy Week events in the Quad-Cities:
Monday, May 4
9-11 a.m. Visiting sailors from around the fleet will volunteer their time with Living Lands & Waters for an invasive species removal project.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy Navy science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, interactive displays, visit the environmental “Stewards of the Sea” and meet mascot Stewie at the Putnam Museum.
10 a.m. to noon. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD Unit will be on hand at the Putnam Museum, Davenport. Technicians will talk with visitors about static displays, dive suits and robots.
10:15 and 11: 15 a.m. Sailors stationed aboard the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship will talk with guests about history and STEM at the Putnam Museum, Davenport. The sailors will wear traditional 1800s uniforms.
3:30 p.m. Navy Band Great Lakes popular music group Horizon, River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.
Tuesday, May 5
9-10 a.m. Visiting sailors continue invasive species removal project.
10 a.m. to noon. Navy EOD Unit again on hand at the Putnam Museum, Davenport.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy STEM interactive displays, visit the environmental “Stewards of the Sea” and meet mascot Stewie.
12:30 p.m. Navy Liberty Call Show Band, at Center for Active Seniors, Inc., 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport.
Wednesday, May 6
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Putnam Museum; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Family Museum, Bettendorf. Visitors can enjoy STEM displays, visit the environmental “Stewards of the Sea” and meet mascot Stewie.
9 a.m. to noon: Robot obstacle course at the Family Museum, Bettendorf.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. USS Constitution sailors “Forest to Frigate” STEM presentation at the Putnam. Sailors stationed aboard the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship will talk with guests about history and STEM. The sailors will wear traditional 1800s uniforms.
12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Presentations by USS Constitution sailors at the Family Museum, Bettendorf.
6-8:30 p.m. Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble will perform in a free concert open to the public in Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island, as part of Navy Week kick-off.
Thursday, May 7
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Putnam Museum and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Family Museum, Bettendorf: Visitors can enjoy STEM interactive displays, visit the environmental “Stewards of the Sea” and meet mascot Stewie at the Family Museum, Bettendorf.
10 a.m. Navy Band, Family Museum, Bettendorf.
Noon to 3 p.m. Robot obstacle course, Family Museum, Bettendorf.
12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Presentations by USS Constitution sailors at the Family Museum, Bettendorf.
6:45 p.m. Navy Band Great Lakes popular music group Horizon, color guard by sailors from the USS Constitution and National Anthem by the Horizon vocalist at the River Bandits game in Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport.
Friday, May 8
6:45 p.m., Navy Band Great Lakes popular music group Horizon, River Bandits, Modern Woodmen Park. Special guests will include sailors from USS The Sullivans.
Saturday, May 9
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Navy Band Great Lakes popular music band Horizon at the Quad-City Get Out and Trail event at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island.
7-9 p.m. The Navy Band Great Lakes popular music band Horizon, color guard by sailors from the USS Constitution and National Anthem by the Horizon vocalist at the River Bandits game, Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport. Special guests will include sailors from USS The Sullivans.

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