USS Buffalo Commanding Officer Calls at Namesake City
Americans in Buffalo, N.Y. now have a better understanding of the Navy and its role in preserving the nation’s security and prosperity following high-level engagements between the commanding officer of USS Buffalo (SSN 715) and area leaders Sept. 12-15.
Cmdr. Brian Tothero, commanding officer of USS Buffalo (SSN 715), met with government officials, corporate executives, civic groups, and veterans.
Tothero shared how the Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans; how the Navy is deployed around the world around the clock; and how the Navy is ready to defend America at all times.
“Buffalo has a long tradition of not only naval service but military service. It’s a city full of military veterans and I wanted to come and share with Buffalo what we’ve been doing on the USS Buffalo,” said Tothero.
Tothero’s itinerary included a meeting with the local schools and universities, mayor of Buffalo, USS Buffalo Commissioning Committee, conducted a Caps for Kids event at the Women’s and Children’s hospital of Buffalo, met with Veterans at the VA Hospital, and attended the Naval Operational Support Center Buffalo’s Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony.
USS Buffalo (SSN 715) is currently in its homeport of Pearl Harbor.
Executive outreach – engagements between senior Navy leaders and their government, civic, education and corporate counterparts – has become a focus of effort in recent years, as the Navy works to increase understanding of the Navy’s mission and role in America’s national security strategy. The effort is particularly critical in areas of the country, which do not enjoy a significant everyday Navy presence.
Press Release, September 18, 2013