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Savannah will host the city's first Navy Week since 2022 when the Navy visits the area for a week of events March 11-17, 2024, in conjunction with the 200th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Savannah Navy Week brings Sailors from across the fleet to the area to emphasize the importance of the Navy to Savannah, the state of Georgia, and the nation.
More than 50 Sailors will participate in education and community outreach events throughout the city.
Participating Navy organizations include Navy Band Southeast, USS Constitution, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, United States Ceremonial Guard and Color Guard, Navy Talent Acquisition Group Jacksonville, U.S. Navy Esports, Navy History and Heritage Command, nuclear-power Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729), and the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Savannah (LCS 28).
The Navy's senior executive is Rear Adm. David Buzzetti, Deputy Chief of Staff, Reserve Component, N093, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Native of Orlando, Fla. and holds a Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology from Emory University and both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Georgia State University. In his civilian career, Buzzetti currently serves as chief operating officer with Concordia Anesthesiology, Inc. in Atlanta Ga. During Savannah Navy Week, he will be participating in community engagements, meeting with students, and speaking with local business, civic, and government leaders.
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 cities like Savannah.
"We are thrilled to bring the Navy to Savannah," said NAVCO's director, Cmdr. Anthony Falvo. “Though our Navy is deployed around-the-world and around-the-clock, the Navy Week program allows us to showcase our Navy in places that don’t enjoy an everyday naval presence. Most importantly it affords us the opportunity to highlight our most important asset – the highly skilled men and women of the United States Navy who ensure our warfighting advantage to preserve our American way of life.”
Throughout the week, Sailors are participating in various community events across the area, including engaging with students across multiple high schools and at the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, volunteering through United Way of Coastal Empire, and publicly visible at the Jasper Green Ceremony, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and downtown Savannah. Residents will also enjoy free live music by Navy Band Southeast at venues throughout the week.
Savannah Navy Week is one of 15 Navy Weeks in 2024, which brings a variety of assets, equipment, and personnel to 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 130 million people -- about half the U.S. population.
Media organizations wishing to cover Savannah Navy Week events should contact Ensign Lamar Badger at (901) 229-5709 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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