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Operations Specialist 3rd Class Yolyvette Ceneto, assigned to Navy Recruiting Detachment Jacksonville, engages in a conversation with National Guard veteran Monserrate Quiñones Segui, who served in the Korean War, as part of a meet-and-greet event during Navy Week Puerto Rico at La Casa Del Veterano, a veterans home in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)

Navy Week Celebrated in Puerto Rico for the First Time

San Juan welcomed members of the U.S. Navy during the first Puerto Rico Navy Week, April 8-14.  Hailed as the Island of Enchantment, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico hosted the first Navy Week outside the continental U.S., introducing the local communities to the importance of the U.S. Navy.  Sailors showcased the mission, capabilities and achievements of the U.S. Navy through a variety of community outreach events, giving residents the opportunity to meet Sailors and get a look at what the U.S. Navy does globally.  The Navy Week program raises awareness of the Navy and reinforces its importance to the national defense strategy.

Cmdr. Charles Knight, assigned to Navy Recruiting Detachment Jacksonville, engages in a conversation with Angel Pagan, an Army veteran, former private first class assigned to the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers and awardee of the Purple Heart Medal, as part of a meet-and-greet event during Navy Week Puerto Rico at La Casa Del Veterano, a veterans home in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)
Lt. Tim Loret and Explosive Ordnance Disposal 3rd Class Dan Livesay, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 demonstrate an explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit to one of the children at Boys and Girls Club during Navy Week Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)
Elba Ruiz, a World War II veteran and one of the first 13 female nurses from Puerto Rico’s Women’s Army Corps, meets Capt. Miguel Cubano, commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas as part of a meet-and-greet event during Navy Week Puerto Rico. (US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Yolyvette Ceneto, assigned to Navy Recruiting Detachment Jacksonville, engages in a conversation with National Guard veteran Monserrate Quiñones Segui, who served in the Korean War, as part of a meet-and-greet event during Navy Week Puerto Rico at La Casa Del Veterano, a veterans home in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Andrew Amstutz, assigned to USS Constitution, gives a presentation about the history of “Old Ironsides” to students at Colegio Sagrado Corazones during Navy Week San Juan, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Olivia K. Manley/Released)
Seaman Joel Parodi Perez, assigned to USS Constitution, presents a cutlass to kids at Boys and Girls Club during Navy Week Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal 3rd Class Ryan Miller, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12 demonstrates a small unmanned ground vehicle at Boys and Girls Club during Navy Week Puerto Rico. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maria G. Llanos/Released)

Check to see if a Navy Week is coming to your community.  Scheduled cities in 2019 are:

– Oklahoma City, Okla., May 27-June 2

– Nashville, Tenn., June 3-9

– Quad Cities, Iowa, June 24-30

– Duluth, Minn., July 15-21

– Grand Junction, Colo., July 22-28

– Boise, Idaho, Aug. 19-25

– St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2-8

– Wichita, Kan., Sept. 9-15

– Charleston, W.V., Oct. 14-20

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