Beginning Monday through March 20, U.S. Navy service members will travel to Savannah to educate community members about their work in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day events.
The group will participate in many educational and outreach activities around the city, including volunteering for the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club and attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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More than 75 sailors will be present. Among the participating naval organizations, Navy Band Southeast, Underwater Construction Team, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOC), and the United States Ceremonial Guard will be in the city.
The Director of the Navy’s Enterprise Networks and Cybersecurity Division and Rear Admiral Susan Bryer Joyner will serve as the primary executive host. Originally from Savannah, she is excited to return home and get involved in the community.
“I am thrilled to represent the Navy and engage with the city of Savannah,” said Bryer Joyner.
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“My experience growing up in Savannah instilled in me a sense of responsibility, confidence and a deep appreciation for the strength of diversity that has fueled my service to the Nation. I am honored to come home and speak about how the Navy shares the values I learned growing up and the drive to serve and succeed.”
The coming week marks the first-ever naval voyage to Savannah. “Since 2005, we have never had an official navy week in Savannah,” said Commander Joshua Kelsey, a member of the US Navy media.
The trip to Savannah had been planned for six months.
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“[We try to] partner and fit in where we can fit in instead of asking the city to do things for us,” Kelsey said. “We want to be good hosts, [and] we’re always very careful about the footprint we make… It’s a collaborative effort.
Coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, the main purpose of Navy Week is to educate the community about the organization and its dedication to national security.
“The purpose of a Navy Week is to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of the Navy,” Kelsey said.