Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, president, Board of Inspection and Survey, and Rear Adm. Dell Bull, chief of Naval Air Training, along with other Sailors from throughout the country are in the Alamo City for Navy Week San Antonio, April 18-24.


 One of the initial events held was in support of "Caps for Kids," a community service program managed by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, which brings together Sailors and young patients in hospitals all over the country.


 In support of the program, recruiters from Navy Recruiting District San Antonio visited the children of Baptist Regional Children's Hospital to personally deliver more than 25 Navy ball caps which were provided by various naval commands, April 18


 According to Julie Emmitt, a Child Life Specialist volunteer with the hospital, the children were so excited to see the Sailors and receive the ball caps.


 "The kids are so pumped up," said Emmitt, who has been a volunteer for more than 10 years. "The Sailors have brought the children hope, dreams, and smiles. They love and appreciate you."


 Senior Chief Navy Counselor Daniel Christmas, NRD Virtual Division leading chief petty officer, was grateful for the opportunity to visit the children.


 "It was wonderful to visit with the children and lift up their spirits," said Christmas, a native of Miami. "Not only did we present them with a Navy ball cap, but with other items such as Navy lanyards and stress balls."


 Lt. Sasha Smith, a Navy nurse and medical programs recruiter with the NRD, coordinated the visit.


 "One of the highlights of our visit was spending time with a set of 10-month-year-old twins and presenting them with a ball cap," said the Puerto Rico native and Fiscal Year 2015 National Medical Officer Recruiter of the Year. "Not only do we get a chance to see the children, but also the program provides an opportunity for engagement with nurses and doctors regarding reserve careers in the Navy."


 San Antonio Navy Week is the third of 15 Navy weeks in 2016 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a weeklong series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.


 For a complete schedule and more information about San Antonio Navy Week, visit


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