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Fleet's In! The U. S. Navy Spreads the Love to Land-Locked Dallas


by Jerome Weeks 7 Jan 2010

The United States Navy has announced that Dallas will be one of 20 cities to host a Navy Week in 2010. The other lucky, sea-soaked ports-of-call include Des Moines,  Salt Lake City and Little Rock, Ark. Why should a little thing like being 266 miles from the nearest salt water prevent us from seeing actual […]

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The United States Navy has announced that Dallas will be one of 20 cities to host a Navy Week in 2010. The other lucky, sea-soaked ports-of-call include Des Moines,  Salt Lake City and Little Rock, Ark. Why should a little thing like being 266 miles from the nearest salt water prevent us from seeing actual sailors strolling the streets of our fair city? How cosmopolitan can we get? Besides, one of the Navy’s sonar testing stations (UT’s Applied Research Laboratories) is in Lake Travis near Austin, anyway. So why not Navy Week in the flat plains of North Texas? All that dredging of White Rock Lake finally pays off. Too bad the fighting ships will (somehow manage to) dock here Oct. 25-31, one week after the State Fair ends.

Anyway, you may ask, what does any of this have to do with arts or culture? Well, in addition to flight demos by the Blue Angels and the Navy Leap Frogs parachute team (at the Fort Worth Alliance Airshow), part of the celebrations will be musical performances by the Navy Band — and Navy rock bands. PLUS — the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Dive Tank will be on hand. Navy divers will demonstrate diving techniques. According to the official website, they’ll also play “an occasional game of ‘tic-tac-toe’ with any interested bystanders.”

And if all goes well, next year, perhaps the Cayman Islands will send us Pirates Week.

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  • Radioman 2nd Class Dave O’Lenick – Reporting In with this big update from Land Locked Fort Worth:.The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is a long drive of over 40 miles to Dallas! Fort Worth, the City of Cowboys and Culture in right here ready for the fleet to anchor in our fabulous downtown. Fort Worth, Texas is the 17th largest city in the Nation. To show our military pride we just hosted the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and we are home to the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. We are also partners with Salt Lake City in our Three City Express program and we have a great deal to offer all of the fleet when they come in. When you call it Navy Week you want to make sure that there are things to do and see for the entire week that is close by and easy to get too. From the Stockyards, to downtown, to Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth can be your command control center. Sundance Square offers a safe and comfortable place to walk to all you restaurants, nightlife and shopping. The Cultural District offers some of the finest museums in the Southwest. And how about the history of the Stockyards, Billy Bob’s Texas and the new Cooper’s BBQ Restaurant. If your land locked and want to experience the Fort Worth Air Show and all the activities surrounding it, let’s give Fort Worth a look see. We are standing by ready to assist you with all hand on deck offering southern hospitality that says you’re in Texas where the West begins.