Reno / Carson City Hosts Navy Week

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Coinciding with the Reno Rodeo, the sixth Navy Week celebration of 2018 hosted Sailors in Reno and Carson City, Nevada, June 18-24.  The primary purpose of the Navy Week program is to increase Navy awareness by presenting the Navy to Americans who live in cities that normally do not have a significant naval presence.  Both residents and Sailors interacted in a series of community outreach events providing the opportunity to meet Sailors firsthand with a visible awareness the mission, capabilities and importance of the U.S. Navy.


The 32nd Street Brass Band entertains fans heading into the Reno Aces Ballpark as a part of Navy Week Reno/Carson City. (U.S. Navy photo by Musician 2nd Class Nina Church/Released)

Dr. Joe McConnell of the Desert Research Institute talks to Sailors and civilians from the U.S. Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOC) about drilling for ice core samples to study the impact of humans on the environment. METOC is one of the many units in Reno for Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christopher Hanson/Released)

Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Matt Ludwig, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1, helps a child try on equipment from EODGRU-1 at Sparks Library in support of Reno/Carson City Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abigayle Lutz/Released)

Navy Diver 2nd Class Keoni Chiles, from Volcano, Hawaii, listens to Harold Hilts, a Navy veteran at Renown Health’s Monaco Ridge during Reno/Carson City Navy Week. Hilts served on the USS Hornet (CV-12) as the rear radio operator on a Douglass SDB Dauntless dive bomber during World War II. He participated in several renowned campaigns, including the battle of Okinawa and the sinking of the Imperial Japanese Navy Battleship Yamato. Chiles, part of Southwestern Regional Maintenance Center out of San Diego, was one of many Sailors in town for Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christopher Hanson/Released)

Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Brett Myers, assigned to Fleet Weather Center-San Diego, joins chief meteorologist Mike Alger on KTVN Channel 2 News as part of Reno/Carson City Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christopher Hanson/Released)

Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Matt Ludwig, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, explains how to operate an iRobot 310 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle at the Donald L. Carano Youth and Teen Facility in support of Reno/Carson City Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abigayle Lutz/Released)

The U.S. Navy Band Southwest ensemble, 32nd Street Brass Band, performs at the weekly Feed the Camel hump day food truck bazaar. (U.S. Navy Photo by Musician Second Class Nina Church/Released)

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Children’s Story Books Come to Life

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Gavyn, 19 months, hugs one of his favorite Sesame Street characters, Cookie Monster, during the Marine Corps Community Service’s event, “Storybook Fantasy Night” at the Clubs at Quantico on March 7. More than 40 children attended the event. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Antwaun L. Jefferson

More than 40 children, accompanied by their parents, came out to the Marine Corps Community Service’s event, “Storybook Fantasy Night” at the Clubs at Quantico on March 7.

“The purpose of this event is to have a really nice dinner, have a little entertainment for the children and to promote reading,” said Beth Cranz, recreation supervisor, Simper Fit Branch, Marine Corps Community Services.

With the freedom to dress as any of their favorite story book characters, children came dressed in classic outfits such as princesses and super heroes and movie characters such as Harry Potter. There was also MCCS staff that dressed up as well.

Soon after, entering the building, the buffet opened and children, with their parents help, enjoyed a healthy menu, including baby carrots, bagged apples, baked chicken and steamed broccoli.
Because the event promoted reading, every child received a free book to take home.

Three volunteers dressed in Cat in the Hat outfits and read books to the children.

Across the sea of children there was nothing but smiles and laughter. The final event of the night was Bob Brown Puppet Theater who performed a skit called “Mother Goose Caboose.”

“My shows are performed with trick marionettes that have been strung to perform seemingly impossible feats such as skating, performing on a trapeze, juggling and even blowing up a balloon,” said Bob Brown, co-owner, Bob Brown Puppet Theater. “These tricks really draw in the older crowds and parents by making them wonder how I did it.”

Brown easily stole the spot light and the children’s attention through silly, ridiculous and creative puppets.

“This is mostly a night to dress up and enjoy a night with the family,” Cranz said. “The children were excited and seemed more attentive at the storytelling and the puppet show. Overall, the event was a success.”

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