Navy Sails Into Kansas City

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The U.S. Navy is making way for Kansas City. Kansas City Navy Week, the first in-person Navy Week since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the first in the city since 2015, will take place June 28 – July 4, concluding with the Kansas City Air Show featuring the Navy Blue Angels.
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200325-N-OY339-1159 PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 26, 2020) Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, commanding officer and flight leader, conducts the Double Farvel maneuver during a training flight over Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. The Blue Angels are conducting spring training at NAS Pensacola to maintain readiness for the 2020 show season. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)

Kansas City Navy Week will bring Sailors from different Navy units across the U.S. to conduct focused outreach with members of the community. Representing the first Navy Week since February 2020, all Navy participants will strictly adhere to all DOD, CDC, state and local guidelines for public health and safety during the current pandemic.

Navy Weeks consist of a series of outreach events coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach designed to give Americans an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a large Navy presence, providing the public a firsthand look at how the Navy deters aggression and preserves freedom of the seas.

“During a Navy Week, approximately 75 outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city,” said Cmdr. John Fage, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach. “This will be the first time Kansas City has hosted a Navy Week since 2015, and the Sailors are looking forward to interacting with the citizens of Kansas City and their neighbors. They’re excited to share their experiences and to show everyone why the Navy is so important to the American way of life.”

The Navy’s senior executive participant will be Rear Adm. Francis Morley, Director, Navy International Programs, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. Rear Adm. Morley will participate in various ceremonies and meet with local businesses, civic, education and government leaders during the week.

“I am honored to be representing the United States Navy in Kansas City,” said Morley. “I look forward to connecting with the community to help illustrate how the Navy and our Sailors protect and defend America and its interests worldwide.”

Highlights during the week include:

  • Proclamation presented by Kansas City Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas and received by Rear Adm. Morley.
  • YMCA and Boys and Girls Club youth performances by the Navy Ceremonial Guard, Navy Band Great Lakes, USS Constitution and more.
  • Outreach events with the Veterans Community Project, Harvesters Community Food Bank and HappyBottoms.org.
  • Parachute jumps by the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs at the statue unveiling at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and a future sailor swearing-in ceremony.
  • Kansas City Royals baseball game aircraft flyover, Navy Ceremonial Guard performance, USS Constitution Sailors, a parachute jump into the stadium by the Leap Frogs and more.
  • WWI Museum performances by Navy Band Great Lakes, Navy Ceremonial Guard, USS Constitution Sailors and more.

During the week, Sailors from Missouri’s namesake ships, USS Kansas City (LCS 22) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) will also be visiting the city to volunteer with several youth and community programs including Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.

The week will conclude at the Kansas City Airshow, Saturday July 4, which will feature performances by the Navy’s premiere flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, where attendees can interact with their U.S. Navy sailors throughout the day.

Kansas City Navy Week is one of 13 Navy Weeks in 2021. Each year, the program reaches more than 60 million people across the U.S.

The full schedule of events will be available on https://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks-2021/Kansas-City/, as well as on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NavyOutreach.

Media organizations wishing to cover Kansas City Navy Week events should contact Mr. Isaiah Sellers at (901) 229-5631 or isaiah.sellers.civ@us.navy.mil.

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