Sailors Give Back During Albuquerque Navy Week 2009
(October 8, 2009)
October 3, 2009 - Airman Jose Porcayo assigned to
USS Constitution, helps a child tie knots at the International
Balloon Fiesta. Sailors from USS Constitution wore circa-1813
uniforms and participated in Albuquerque Navy Week, Oct. 3 -11,
2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Lucy
|ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (NNS) -- Commander, Submarine Group 2
helped bring the Navy to New Mexico Oct. 3 during
Albuquerque Navy Week 2009.
Rear Adm. Paul J. Bushong, who served as the spokesman for
the event, helped kick off the week of activities, which are
part of an awareness campaign to bring the Navy to cities
throughout the country without a large fleet presence.
Albuquerque Navy Week 2009 is anchored by the world-famous
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
"Some may ask, 'why host a Navy Week in Albuquerque?' Even
though there may not be an ocean here, there is a sea of
support for the Navy from this city and throughout the
state," said Bushong. "We are in Albuquerque to give
back to the
community and to thank the citizens of the city and state for
supporting the world's finest maritime force."
As part of this year's activities, Albuquerque Mayor Martin
J. Chavez proclaimed Oct. 3-11 Albuquerque Navy Week 2009.
During the Albuquerque Navy Week, crews from Los
Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706),
Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779),
USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" and other local Reserve and
Active Duty Sailors will visit the city and participate in
various community projects, such as visiting the Children's
Center at Presbyterian Hospital as part of the Caps for Kids
program, tutoring students at Albuquerque Heights and Rio
Rancho Boys and Girls Clubs and repairing and refurbishing
the Ronald McDonald House.
Other Navy attractions during Albuquerque Navy Week 2009
include, Navy Band Southwest "Destroyers" performances, a
Blue Angels F/A-18 Flight Simulator, an Accelerate Your Life
Simulator and a Navy Theme-Wrapped Suburban. All are free
and open to the public.
The Navy - New Mexico connection can be traced as far back
as the early 1900s when the battleship New Mexico was in
service from 1917 to 1946. During World War II, the
battleship operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
and participated in six major battles.
The next New Mexico, a Virginia-class submarine, is
completing construction and should go on sea trials in November
2009. The new submarine will be commissioned and delivered to the
Navy early in the year 2010. The submarine has received outstanding
support from the Navy League's New
October 4, 2009 - Rear Adm. Paul J. Bushong,
commander of Submarine Group Two, uses a model of the Los
Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706 ) to explain
its unique characteristics to children attending the 2009
Albuquerque Navy Week. Bushong is a spokesman for event, which is
one of 21 Navy Weeks planned across the U.S. this year. Navy Weeks
are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in
their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a
significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Patrick Evans)
Mexico Council in partnership with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber
In addition, USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and USS Santa Fe (SSN
763) are named after New Mexico cities and have long
relationships with their namesakes.
By Navy Lt. Patrick Evans
Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs
Navy News Service
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