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Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, Naval District Washington (NDW), hosted a tour of the Navy Museum and luncheon for Washington Nationals executives, Dec 16.

The tour and the luncheon are part of NDW Community Outreach and an opportunity for NDW to recognize organizations for their support to the Navy in the D.C. metropolitan area. After the tragic events of Sept. 16, the support Washington Nationals provided to the Washington Navy Yard was an important part in the recovery process.

“It is wonderful to be part of a community that includes great neighbors such as the Washington Nationals,” said Rich. “I am tremendously grateful for the support the Nationals give our military, our families and the Washington Navy Yard community.”

Members of the Washington National's Community Relations in attendance were Gregory McCarthy, vice president of Government and Municipal Affairs and Shawn Bertani, senior director of Community Relations.

Prior to the luncheon, Rich accompanied the group to a tour of the Navy Museum led by Navy Museum Director, Jim Bruns, where they got a first-person view of the Navy's rich history along the waterfront, and examined local naval artifacts that dated back to the 18th century.

“We were eager to support the hometown team, and grateful for the opportunity – and we love watching people's eyes light up when they come through and 'touch' Navy history,” said Bruns. “We also recognize and are appreciative of the significant public draw the Nationals provide the area, and look forward to partnering with them in the future.”

Rich believes community outreach is an important part of what we do as a Navy. Engagement helps brings bases and communities closer together and fosters mutual understanding.