By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs
SPOKANE, Wash. (NNS) -- Navy Week Spokane 2012 kicked off May 14 with a Mayoral proclamation at Spokane's city hall.
Rear Adm. Douglas Asbjornsen, deputy commander, Navy Region Northwest, along with Sailors from USS Constitution and the local area, attended the ceremony.
The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that traditionally do not have a naval presence and include community relations projects, speaking engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and area Sailors.
"As a long time resident of the greater Spokane area, I am exceptionally pleased and excited that Spokane is one of 15 cities in the nation to host Navy Week," said Asbjornsen. "[It is a] great opportunity to share what the Navy is all about, especially to the American public, who may not be exposed to the Navy."
Spokane locals will be able to meet with Sailors from the Leap Frogs, Naval Operational Support Center Spokane, Navy Recruiting District Seattle, as well as two of the Navy's highest ranking officers, Asbjornsen and Rear Adm. Kevin Kovacich, associate director of Assessments Division at the Chief of Naval Operations.
"Navy Week is a wonderful time to really highlight what we do in the Navy and we have a number of great events planned," said Asbjornsen. "We really encourage the locals to interact with our Sailors; they are the best and brightest we've ever had."
Navy Week will bring with it several assets to demonstrate its capabilities to the public. The US Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, is planning to make several jumps. Navy Band Northwest will be putting on performances throughout the week. Sailors from USS Constitution and local Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will be participating in various outreach events such as community relations projects.
Spokane Navy Week 2012 is scheduled to be one of 15 Navy Weeks held this year.