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Boise, Idaho will host the region's first Navy Week in three years when the Navy visits the area for a week of events Aug. 23-29, in conjunction with the Western Idaho State Fair.
Boise Navy Week brings Sailors from across the fleet to the area to showcase the importance of the Navy to Boise, Idaho, and the nation.
Navy organizations, including USS Boise (SSN 764), USS Idaho (SSN 799) Navy Band Northwest, USS Constitution, Weapon Tactics Unit 11, USS Stennis (CVN 74), Navy Operational Support Center Boise, Navy History and Heritage Command, Navy Meteorology, Navy Leap Frogs, Navy Ceremonial Guard, and Navy Talent Acquisition Group Portland will participate in a variety of community outreach events. All participating commands will follow DOD, CDC, state, and local guidelines for safety during the current pandemic.
The Navy's senior executive host is Rear Adm. Douglas Beal, the director for Reserve Expedition Force Generation. Beal will participate in community engagements as well as meet with local business, civic, education, and government leaders.
"I am excited to represent the Navy to the Treasure Valley area and state of Idaho,” said Beal. “Boise is a community that cares about service, and that dedication to service connects the citizens of the area and our Navy. I look forward to helping strengthen the connection between the great state of Idaho and our Navy.”
Navy Weeks are a series of outreach events coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach designed to give Americans an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy's flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, providing the public a firsthand look at why the Navy matters to Boise.
"During a Navy Week, the Navy conducts approximately 75 outreach events with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service, and diversity organizations in the city," said CDR John Fage, director Navy Office of Community Outreach. "Boise is a strong supporter of the Navy, and I know our Sailors are looking forward to interacting with the people of the Treasure Valley."
During Navy Week, Sailors will participate in events throughout the city. Booths featuring a wide variety of Navy organizations and missions will also be available at the Western Idaho State Fair.
Residents will also enjoy live music by Navy Band Northwest at venues throughout the week, including the Boise Zoo, Boise Aquarium, Idaho State Museum, Western Idaho State Fair and Boise State University campus.
The Navy Leap Frogs will be conducting multiple parachute demonstrations and tandem jumps at locations such as the Boise High Athletic Complex, Anne Morrison Park and the Western Idaho State Fair.
Boise Navy Week is one of 13 Navy Weeks in 2021, focusing 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. Each year, the program reaches more than 140 million people -- about half the U.S. population.
Media organizations wishing to cover Boise Navy Week events should contact Lt. Kimberly King at (901) 302-0867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Navy plans to sail into Boise for a Navy Week, Aug. 23-29.
This is the first Navy Week in Boise since 2019, and is scheduled to be only the fourth in-person set of events since the start of pandemic precautions last year. The Navy has a plan in place to transition events to a virtual setting if public health concerns warrant it, but at this time the Navy Week is scheduled to hopefully feature live demonstrations, performances, and engagements throughout the week that will include: