Military City USA hosted America’s Navy during San Antonio Navy Week held April 18 through 24 with a weeklong series of community and outreach events.  The weeklong event coincided with the 125th Anniversary of Fiesta San Antonio (April 14 – 24).

Sailors of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, along with other local Naval commands, participated in numerous community outreach events, including visits to local schools, children hospitals, boy and girls clubs, and contributed to a Habitat for Humanity project.

Joining the local commands where Sailors from USS Constitution, USS City of Corpus Christi, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, and Navy Band Southeast.

During Navy Week, Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, president, Board of Inspection and Survey, and Rear Adm. Dell Bull, chief of Naval Air Training, met with corporate, civic and government leaders throughout the week, including San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.

"San Antonio Navy Week is very important to both the Navy and the San Antonio community," said Perez. "This event provides us with the opportunity to tell the Navy story to people who might not know what a naval career offers. Secondly, it gives me an opportunity to try and motivate young Hispanic kids. If I can do it, imagine how high your dreams can take you!"

Historically, Navy Week events draw thousands of attendees to participate and create a dialogue between Sailors and local residents.

According to Taylor, San Antonio was excited to host Navy Week and urged all residents to learn the Navy story and help celebrate their Sailors.

Throughout the week, Navy Band Southeast performed in parades, music festivals, and at local area high schools.

Cmdr. Karen Muntean, NRD San Antonio commanding officer, participated in many of the events and was thankful for the Sailors and civilian personnel who traveled to San Antonio to execute Navy Week.

“This has been a very successful Navy Week,” said Muntean.  “Not only did it give us numerous opportunities to spread Navy Awareness through the community, but it also provided my Sailors who recruit additional face-time with possible applicants and those who influence their decisions to join the military.”

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.


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