Navy Week program sets sail for Albuquerque

Millington, Tn. (NNS) — The U.S. Navy is preparing to bring a Navy Week to Albuquerque during the week of Sept. 9-15, as the 12th Navy Week of the calendar year.

Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque. This will be the sixth Navy Week hosted by New Mexico and the surrounding communities. The program last visited Albuquerque in 2022.

Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque and the surrounding area.

•           Namesake Sailors – Sailors serving aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine, USS New Mexico (SSN-779)

•           Navy Band Southwest –Performances and masterclasses with Navy Musicians.

•           Naval History and Heritage Command – Educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between New Mexico and the Navy.

•           USS Constitution – Demonstrations about the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy.

•           Navy Expeditionary Combat Command – Educational STEM presentations and fitness demonstrations by technicians, medics, and 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.

Navy Weeks are the service’s signature outreach program, designed to allow the citizens of Albuquerque 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 thrilled to bring the Navy to Albuquerque,” said NAVCO’s director, Cmdr. Anthony Falvo. “Though our Navy is deployed around-the-world and around-the-clock, the Navy Week program allows us to showcase our Navy in places that don’t enjoy an everyday naval presence. Most importantly it affords us the opportunity to highlight our most important asset – the highly skilled men and women of the United States Navy who ensure our warfighting advantage to preserve our American way of life.”

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort to regions without a significant Navy presence, with over 300 Navy Weeks held in more than 95 different U.S. markets. Each year, the program reaches more than 150 million people — about half the U.S. population.

“Our mission is to connect with the heartbeat of each community and we strive to make a lasting impact on the Sailors, partners and community members,” said NAVCO Navy Week program manager, Lt. Caroline Ready. “We coordinate with corporations, civic and community service organizations, local government, educational institutions, media, and veterans to give the community as many opportunities as possible to engage with their Navy.”