Roughly 70 U.S. Navy sailors put on 111 events in the Air Capital and at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson Sept. 9-15 for Wichita’s first Navy Week. The goal: to help our landlocked region better understand the Navy’s unique, safety-serving role. Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians wowed. Drill teams inspired. Bands and quintets entertained. It was our privilege to help them spread the word.
Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore, Vice Commander of the U.S. 6th Navy Fleet and Director of Navy Maritime Partnership, joined Navy Week sailors at various events. Highlights included her visit to our community’s beloved B-29 “Doc” with U.S.S. Wichita sailors, joining the mayor for a Navy Week proclamation, and meeting with 300 veterans and their families at the Kansas State Fair.
The Navy protects us from ships on the sea, submarines under the sea and aircraft over the sea. Their very presence serves as a deterrent and a safeguard. Throughout the week, Wichita had the opportunity to meet the men and women of the U.S. Navy. To talk with them. To hear firsthand what it’s like to serve in this distinctive branch of the armed services.