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Let's turn attention to the -- that we have here branches potted plants they're actually gonna -- and what are the public's reaction has been to you as you've been here in New York for fleet week.
Chris why don't you tell us you're here in charge completely carriers charge of that media I would.
Of the operations but the public perception public's reaction to our sailors Marines Coast Guard from going into it to the city and visiting many -- has been terrific.
And that's what were were all about those young men and women are sailors Marines and coast Guardsmen interacting with -- public.
Letting the public learn about them and their wonderful missions that -- carried out and and learn that we are indeed a global.
You didn't really -- I've met with have a rough had his chief of naval operations about two weeks ago and he said that you know we have to make it ain't.
In the military at -- at the -- American people who we are because the baby boom generation my generation we've heard all about the military summer.
Parents are in World War II but aren't children and -- -- from military families they have no exposure in this I don't know that that commanders -- they sure ain't.
After value while the first -- -- after.
Well actually I with a helicopter quite a long time ago I'm a public affairs officer now but I can tell you.
What I learned as a helicopter pilot being in the operational community of course was just phenomenal and really pave the way for for -- good knowledge in my future careers of -- -- Added that he was afraid of being helicopter pilot epitomizes the teamwork that the measure -- how we're proud you're here department tells that your this man I get these wings right here.
So these gold wings are the -- -- gold for naval aviators.
And I was -- pilot in the early nineties Sunday aged 46 navy version.
I think one that we just so yes Denton at -- captains don't tell us about your every car -- -- -- look at -- now that your memory card.
Just I -- for a period of our.
Our address without uniforms and I think this is that -- -- that the Marines have been -- all throughout the weekend.
When we see someone in this uniform it's a pretty distinguish this it's a -- -- I'm entering -- yeah hell yeah -- -- -- tell us.
What's your job here is major Murphy the major -- Murphy -- head of the new York public affairs office for the Marines.
Yeah and basically what what can't Schultz and I have been doing along with our team is we planned along with the -- to get ready for fleet week -- -- -- different events.
And you know worked with the press work with community but one of the biggest things we want to do is throughout flee when people probably -- us their appreciation -- -- work.
But we want to also show our appreciation.
For their support and bring out our aircraft to.
You know Coney Island and -- -- to Eisenhower park we have 5000 people Kamal.
And probably you know they open up the ship the -- -- and the best thing is looking at the kids yeah just their eyes you know glowing you know that.
They get to climb on a tank or you know get to me -- and put on his gear or.
You know there's there's you know after the helicopters land like we have the osprey land Eisenhower park.
Kids run up and they actually get to talk to the guy who just -- amber and -- you know the mean.
That's really inspirational and that's -- you saying it's it's great to have that contact and that and that.
Opportunity for the kids come on and.
He's the last how to -- -- word New York City and other -- -- all around the United States this hour right -- that happens -- -- than -- and other cities what other cities.
There's obviously -- port city.
Well the navy does a lot of different -- weeks and -- -- heretic.
You're gonna get a small fleet week in San Francisco claims to have started in -- but the first fleet week.
But those of us who have been in New York what -- kinda started the United Nations -- What say that you know -- week's home is really New York City the rest of the -- weeks -- festivals that aha hah -- we have a yeah yeah accurately.
-- more than 300 events just in this past week in which our sailors Marines coast between.
Have interacted with with citizens -- the tristate area in the city -- -- -- parents and we've had more than 60000 visitors.
I'll come down to see our ships and and visit our Marines either -- -- -- our plan so it now where does freeway gun accidents that workers -- the coast.
Have boxing process and there are there are different elements and in the Marines have spearheaded what they call a -- week in the navy has what's called.
Maybe we -- in different smaller venues.
Occur across the United States.
-- our got to ask you add have a New York it -- certainly at every everybody especially after September 11 and everyone in your city really takes what you do really seriously and rockets hit home.
-- think remains as a -- so what -- the things that paper that I know that you have this amazing series.
How well first I wanna say just to reiterate what my -- society -- that the people have been so.
Kind generous and and really what we did really touched my heart is respectful they have been so respectful and appreciative and there's been.
There's been nothing not genuine about it from -- anywhere we've been it's been spent half what I.
About weren't certain year in lower Manhattan try to I handle it right person working the whole time it's I -- -- all -- I but the minute I I had one minute of free time now I was walking on my way back from midtown somewhere.
And I've been interested in the that the -- him that writing that -- not -- him back.
Laminated command or not and I don't -- big contract.
Not -- -- but that's no I was walking past the menu and I was talking to vendor haggling a little bit.
And a woman jumped out of a van that pulled up and she had a twenty dollar bill my hands and I insisted by this -- this Hammack.
IE I didn't have of course I didn't wanna take it I mean I was really didn't wanna take it and positive want to send her an anyway for help she gave it -- handbags and thanked me so much for my service and I -- hey thank you for and then said -- -- now.
And I thank that was just wonderful and -- really very kind very -- As far as like that -- a lot of the Marines as their first time in New York City as well sure -- -- just stories like that they all walked away with.
It's great things to say about the people of New York so we're so grateful for writers to come back again next shared I want to get back every case it's surprise have -- the public certainly surprised me and not -- -- around ships and -- my whole life.
That the extensive non combat missions that the united states military the maritime services perform.
What I was really struck with.
-- OK we think the greatest fighting force in the world right but in addition to the greatest by spreading personal world we have a humanitarian mission.
Where we where are we sent our -- around the world.
Going to countries where they don't have regular medical attention and giving check send giving medical exams and I exams and battling Sampson -- found surgery.
The -- and then obviously we have as we've seen the disaster relief and we've done.
Haiti -- taking that was one of the unique opportunities for this fleet week.
We had sailors and Marines that there were participating -- participated in.
They Haiti operations in the relief efforts down there and we are so pleased that the mayor had taken the time to recognize them as the mayor or -- welcome.
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