This year marks the centennial of Arizona’s statehood. I am excited to celebrate this proud event, being the grandson of grandparents who were born in the Territory of Arizona. As an admiral in the Navy, I am equally as excited to let Arizonans know about Phoenix Navy Week, March 26-31.
Phoenix is one of 15 selected cities where America’s Navy will “come home” in 2012, giving area residents an opportunity to meet your Navy’s sailors and learn about your Navy’s critical mission and broad-ranging capabilities. The heritage required to shape and develop this great state over 100 years ago are so similar to the fighting spirit and boldness of today’s Navy sailors.
The U.S. Navy conducts Navy Weeks across the country to show Americans the capabilities and people of their Navy. During Phoenix Navy Week, we will conducts more than 50 outreach events here in Phoenix metropolitan area, sharing the Navy story and showcasing our sailors with Arizonans.
The Navy is our nation’s front line in war and in peace, operating on, above, and below the sea. We want Arizonans to think of the Navy as America’s “away team.” We are deployed around the world, defending our nation’s interests every day so that Arizonans can live in peace with their families, safe and secure, here in the Valley of the Sun.
There is a definite direct link between a strong Navy and a prosperous Arizona (and all of America) through the free flow of the 90 percent of all the world’s trade that travels by sea.
Just as our nation called upon Arizona’s 420 Navajo Code Talkers in World War II to enable the success of every major engagement in the Pacific, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, America has called upon her Navy and its warfighting sailors to preserve our country’s security and prosperity since 1775.
Please join me during Phoenix Navy Week at one of the events as we celebrate the history and heritage of two of my favorite things: Arizona and the Navy!
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy