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Houston Hosting Navy Week With Events And Outreach

You may be seeing lots of sailors around town as Houston observes Navy Week. It includes meetings with community leaders and outreach events for students considering a Navy career.

Navy personnel visiting Houston include (left to right) Lt. Clayton Callander, Rear Admiral Tom Ishee, and Commander Scott McGinnis.
Navy personnel visiting Houston include (left to right) Lt. Clayton Callander, Rear Admiral Tom Ishee, and Commander Scott McGinnis.

Houston doesn't have a big Navy facility like some other port cities, but Rear Admiral Tom Ishee says they do have a presence. They recruit a lot of people from Houston, and the city is also home to hundreds of Navy veterans.

Ishee says the focus of Houston's Navy Week is to inform local leaders and the public about what exactly they do in today's world.

There are humanitarian missions like hurricane recovery in Haiti. There's also the traditional role of deterrence, not just on the seas but online.

"You can imagine in today's atmosphere cyber actors trying to attack our financial networks over the cyber system," says Ishee. "And that could cause a disaster in this country."

And to do its work, the Navy says it's looking for young people with strong technological skills. Commander Scott McGinnis is captain of the submarine U.S.S. Houston, the fourth naval vessel to be named after the city.

"I'm looking for a motivated person who's willing to do hard work," says McGinnis. "And then for that work you're getting a lot of training."

Navy Week also includes band concerts and a parachute jump Friday evening at Alvin Memorial Stadium. Events conclude with an appearance by the Navy Blue Angels at this weekend's Wings Over Houston Air Show.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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