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Anchors Away, Omaha! Navy Week Continues In The Metro


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Anchors Away, Omaha! Navy Week Continues In The Metro

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Jul 17, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 17, 2014
Omaha, NE - Whether they are falling from the sky or diving through deep waters, members of the U.S. Navy got it covered.
"Just because (Nebraska) is a landlocked state, they get a chance to see what we do," said Lt. j.g. Anna Mansueti.
Mansueti is based in Imperial Beach, CA and has been serving for two years.
She is one of the elite: An explosive ordnance disposal technician.
"We're the only ones who have an underwater diving capability so we have three extra months tacked onto our training," said Mansueti. "Just to learn about mines, torpedoes, limpets, anything like that."
Mansueti and eight other divers took to the waters at Henry Doorly Zoo Thursday afternoon as part of 2014 Navy Week.
It's all about interacting with people, getting them to ask questions and show in interest in what they do. 
Navy Week was also in Omaha in 2011. 
Last year, the week-long events were cancelled because of sequestration.
This year, only six cities across the country are hosting, and Omaha is one.
"We want to make sure people are aware that if they desire to serve, and to be with a fantastic team, the United States Navy is ready to have them," said Rear Adm. Annie Andrews.
Andrews leads the U.S. Navy's recruiting command.
She is the first African-American woman to hold this position. She hopes it inspires other women to serve.
"There are jobs that are open to women," she said. "I have seen so many changes from when I came in many years ago, and there is every opportunity to serve," said Andrews. 
Navy Week continues Friday. 
The divers are back at the zoo.
On Friday night, it's Navy Night at the Storm Chasers game.