SD Fleet Week set to kick off Friday

Events designed to honor San Diego military

SAN DIEGO - Starting Friday, one of the biggest celebrations of men and women in the U.S. military will kick off in San Diego.

Alexandra Squires' phone has been ringing non-stop, ever since sequestration went into effect, but where Fleet Week is concerned, the news is decidedly better.  

"Fleet Week this year will be smaller in scope, but it will happen and because of sequestration I think things will be much more innovative," said Squires, the executive director of Fleet Week San Diego.

The foundation stepped up to the plate to convince the federal government that the U.S. Navy's open house and Speed Festival at Naval Base Coronado is essential.  

"We worked with the Navy to see what ancillary expenses they may incur by hosting the open house and we said we will pick up the entire tab," said Squires.

As a result, the open house, which is free to the public, will go on, as will the Speed Festival on September 21-22.  

A number of other events will mark Fleet Week, which stretches into October with the culmination being the air show at MCAS Miramar October 4-5.

The kick off will be Friday at Admiral Baker Field in Mission Valley for the all-enlisted golf tournament.

To read more about what's in store this year, click here (mobile users: http://bit.ly/1eCclSq).

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