Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will join in the celebration as the U.S. Navy brings Navy Week to Savannah during the week of March 14-20, 2022. While Sailors have previously participated in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, this is the first time Savannah has been a part of the Navy Week celebration since the creation of the program. Savannah Navy Week will bring between 50 and 75 Sailors from across the nation to emphasize why the Navy matters to Savannah. Those sailors will participate in education and community outreach events throughout the city, including in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.
The Navy's senior executive host is Rear Admiral Susan BryerJoyner, Navy Enterprise Networks & Cybersecurity Division Director. Rear Adm. BryerJoyner is a native of Savannah and a graduate of Hershel V. Jenkins High School. During Savannah Navy Week, she will participate in community engagements, meet with students, and speak with local businesses, civic, education, and government leaders. "I am excited to represent the Navy and engage with the city of Savannah," said BryerJoyner. "My experience growing up in Savannah instilled a sense of responsibility, confidence, and deep appreciation from Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Kelsey, U.S. Navy for the strength of diversity that has fueled my service to the Nation. I am honored to come home and talk about how the Navy shares the values I learned growing up and the drive to serve and succeed, which I learned as a student at Hershel V. Jenkins."
Savannah Navy Week will feature in-person demonstrations, performances, and engagements throughout the week that will include:
- Senior Navy Leaders – Flag officer and senior civilian Navy leaders with ties to Savannah and the surrounding area.
- Namesake Sailors – Sailors serving on USS Savannah (LCS2 28), an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, and USS Georgia (SSGN 792), an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine.
- Navy Band Southeast - Performances and masterclasses with Navy Musicians.
- Naval History and Heritage Command – Educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between Georgia and the Navy.
- USS Constitution – Demonstrations about the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy.
- Navy Expeditionary Combat Command – Educational STEM presentations and fitness demonstrations by technicians, medics, and divers.
- USS Ceremonial Guard- Precision rifle drill demonstration team.
- U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command – Educational presentation on the importance of atmospheric and oceanographic science and the overall value of STEM education to the Navy
Navy Weeks are the service's signature outreach program coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy's flagship outreach effort to regions without a significant Navy presence, with over 250 Navy Weeks held in more than 80 different U.S. markets. Savannah is the second Navy Week in 2022. “We are excited to bring the first official Navy Week to Savannah and connect the people of Savannah to their Navy safely and responsibly," said NAVCO's director, Cmdr. John Fage. “Savannah Navy Week will allow us to show the people of Savannah what their Navy does for them and why the Navy is important to the city, the state, and the nation. We are excited to spend a week giving back to the city and connecting with those whom we serve."
See some photos from the events here.