Phoenix selected to host sixth annual Marine Week

Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses Phoenix media outlets with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton during a Marine Week Phoenix press conference at Phoenix City Hall, Aug. 12. (Photo by Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)

Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses Phoenix media outlets with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton during a Marine Week Phoenix press conference at Phoenix City Hall, Aug. 12. (Photo by Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)

The United States Marine Corps will partner with the city of Phoenix to bring Marine Week to the Valley of the Sun, Sept. 10-13.

More than 600 Marines will flood the greater Phoenix area to engage with the American public and demonstrate who they are and how they defend this Nation.

“Marine Week will bring the Corps’ latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment, rich history and hundreds of Marines to Phoenix,” stated Lt. Gen. David Berger, commanding general of First Marine Expeditionary Force, in a press release. “Marine Week is our opportunity to connect with Arizonans, and all patriots, thank them for their support and demonstrate why the Marine Corps is America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness.”

Marine Week attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment at static display venues throughout downtown, to include the latest edition of the Cobra attack helicopter and the multifaceted Assault Amphibious Vehicle, according to the release.

People of all ages are invited to witness Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations, meet legendary Navajo Code Talkers in person, honor fallen heroes, workout alongside Marines and take in the sights and sounds of the Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Band.

Marines will be lending a hand to local communities through multiple community service projects, such as neighborhood clean-ups, stated the release. The week will culminate with a simulated air-ground combat demonstration, as the Marines highlight the unique capabilities they use to fight our country’s battles.

“The city of Phoenix is pleased to host Marine Week in 2015. It will be a true honor and privilege to celebrate the service of the brave men and women who protect us and our freedom,” stated Mayor Greg Stanton, in the release. “Marine Week promises to be one of the most incredible hands-on events we have ever hosted in Phoenix. Families from all over Arizona are going to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with hundreds of Marines, to thank them for their service, and get up close and personal with heavy-duty military vehicles.”

Marine Week brings the best of the Marine Corps to a classic American city that does not have the opportunity to interact with Marines on a regular basis. All Marine Week events are family friendly, free and open to the public, according to the release.

For more Marine Week information visit: www.Marines.mil/MarineWeek.

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