U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans

A member of San Francisco’s board of supervisors is seeking to ban the Blue Angels from flying over the city, less than a week after a Marine pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, died when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed during a Blue Angels rehearsal flight in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 2.

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Photo via Dan Dickinson (Flickr)

If you’re coming to New York City for Fleet Week this year, don’t be that person who spends the whole time hanging out at tourist traps in Times Square. Yes, there are lots of bright lights and actors dressed like Spiderman doing cartwheels in the street for money, but there is so much more to New York than that.

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Ask any sailor or Marine who has experienced New York Fleet Week firsthand about their experience, and the first reaction is likely to be a knowing smirk.

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Do you like to party? That’s good. So do we.

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U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Magen Weatherwax

This week, thousands of men and women in uniform will descend on New York City from May 20 to 26 for one of the American military’s largest community relations events — Fleet Week. The event officially stretches back decades, but Navy vessels have visited New York Harbor for decades. This year, six ships will be a part of the official festivities — four Navy ships and two Coast Guard vessels — the USS San Antonio, the USS Barry, the USS Stout, a U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol Craft, the USCGC Spencer, and the USCGC Sturgeon Bay.

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Brian Adam Jones | Task & Purpose

This isn’t one of those stories you read over Memorial Day weekend of the incredible heroism and humanity of fallen soldiers who died in far away places.

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