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Fleet Week is kicking off in New York and it is an opportunity for the city residents to be exposed to sailors and get some military presence in a place that usually doesn’t see many in uniform. Every year the weekend before Memorial Day through the following weekend, the city becomes a sea of white and Sailors start to populate the streets, restaurants and get integrated into the cities makeup. There are multiple Fleet Weeks that take place to give select local communities a glimpse into the lives of Sailors and tell the Navy’s story.
A great example of this integration is currently happening in Little Rock, AR, where on May 24 the Navy kicked off a weeklong series of events designed to highlight and showcase the U.S. Navy in a city far removed from the oceans that the Navy protects.
The Air Force also conducts Air Force weeks as a chance to integrate into communities and tell the story of America’s Airmen. This year the two weeks will be taking place in New York City and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Military’s community outreach efforts are crucial in not only educating the American public on what the different services are doing but also reminding them about the very important jobs that our military is fulfilling every day, at home and abroad.
For those communities that do not get a lot of interaction with the military, these community outreach efforts are vital for keeping various missions relevant to the American public. Giving communities a chance to interact with service members and see various demonstrations brings them closer to our service member and makes it much easier to support our troops.