Navy Week Cheyenne to kick off during Cheyenne Frontier Days

Courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach

Navy 5-5-21

The U.S. Navy is making plans to sail into Cheyenne for a Navy Week, July 26 – August 1, should the present health climate permit it.

This would be the first Navy Week in Cheyenne since 2015. The Navy Office of Community Outreach is working closely with community partners in Cheyenne and is carefully monitoring guidance from public health officials to determine how to best support in-person events. Navy Weeks have been conducted virtually since the on-set of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

If health conditions permit and in-person events can be accomplished safely, Cheyenne Navy Week will feature live demonstrations, performances, and engagements throughout the week that will include:

  • Senior Navy Leaders – Vice Adm. Sean Buck, Superintendent of U.S. Naval Academy, and senior civilian Navy leaders with ties to Cheyenne and surrounding area
  • Namesake Sailors – Sailors serving on USS Cheyenne, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), an Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine
  • Hometown Heroes – In-person and virtual events featuring Wyoming natives serving in the Navy
  • Navy Band Southwest – Live Performances at Depot Plaza and Cheyenne Frontier Days Parades
  • Naval History and Heritage Command – Educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between Wyoming and the Navy
  • USS Constitution – In-person Sailor demonstrations and live, virtual tours aboard the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal – Educational STEM presentations by technicians, medics, and divers
  • Many other education-focused groups and events!

Navy Weeks are the service’s signature outreach program, designed to give the citizens of Cheyenne the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. Navy Weeks are coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).

“The Navy is excited to reconnect with the people of Cheyenne, and we are committed to doing so safely and responsibly,” said NAVCO’s director, Cmdr. John Fage. “Our Navy Week in Cheyenne will allow us to show everyone what their Navy does for them and why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life. We are excited to continue connecting with the communities we belong to and serve and are looking forward to a great Navy Week.”

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, with over 260 Navy Weeks held in more than 85 different U.S. markets. Cheyenne is the seventh Navy Week in 2021.

“During a Navy Week, we coordinate about 75 outreach events with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city,” said NAVCO Navy Week program manager Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Anderson.  “The 2021 schedule is exciting for us.  We’ll be in several brand-new markets, as well as returning to communities like Cheyenne.”