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Navy Week begins in Tucson, sailors speak to children at Boys and Girls Club

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TUCSON - The Boys and Girls Club at Doolen Middle School in midtown welcomed the Navy to their after school program on Monday.

Navy meteorologists and Petty Officers First Class joined the boys and girls for some hoops and some lessons about the weather.

"There's a lot of STEM education going on within the Navy," PO1 Jordan Reisner said. "Lots of science and technology, so introducing them at an early age is very important."

These sailors are in the desert this week from both the USS Tucson stationed on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the USS Constitution in Boston.

"The USS Constitution is where the Navy began back in 1797," PO1 Travis Hagerty said. "We were able to put the USS Constitution in the water and go forward with policing the high seas. To come out here and actually provide information and education about the Navy is huge for me because it's something that may drive them to be a part of the Navy in their future."

Hagerty and his colleagues will be Arizona all week.

They will be in the rodeo parade on Thursday along with a model ship of the USS Tucson.

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