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February 17, 2011 Published in Arts & Style

USS Alexandria Commander To Be 2011 Grand Marshall Of George Washington Birthday Parade.

Todd S. Weeks, USS Alexandria Commander, 2011 Grand Marshall (Courtesy Photo)

The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee has announced that Cmdr. Todd S. Weeks, Commanding Officer of the USS Alexandria, will serve as the grand marshal of the 2011 George Washington Birthday parade.

Weeks graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. While at the Naval Academy, he was the recipient of the Ship Design Project Award for outstanding student project in Naval Architecture. In June 2006 he graduated Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Master of Arts in Diplomacy.

Weeks served as Executive Officer on USS Helena (SSN 725) from August 2006 to July 2008. During this period, Helena completed a U.S. Southern Command deployment and a Western Pacific deployment. Following his Executive Officer tour, Weeks was assigned as the Submarine Weapons and Payloads Branch Head at the Submarine Warfare Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

The USS Alexandria is a Los Angeles Class submarine that was commissioned in June 1991. The Alexandria name, chosen by Myrtle “Tookie” Clark the wife of Vice Admiral Glenwood Clark, in honor of two cities – Alexandria, VA, where she then lived, and Alexandria, LA, where she was from. The submarine’s motto is “Twice as Strong” in honor of these two cities.

In addition to leading the parade, the largest such parade in the country, Weeks will attend Saturday evening’s Birthnight Banquet & Ball as well as the Friendship Breakfast and the Tomb Ceremony before the parade.

Weeks will be joined by several members of the military who are visiting Alexandria, thanks to the efforts of the USS Alexandria Liaison Committee, including Junior Officer of the Year Michael Scott Hartzell, Acting Chief of the Boat Tracy F. Kuchta, Senior Sailor of the Year Nicholas Thomas Singer, and Junior Sailor of the Year Eugene Remington Pitcher.

George Washington, the nation’s first president, will be honored on the 279th anniversary of his birth with a parade in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, February 21, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Old Town.

The parade will wind its way through the historic streets of Old Town where Washington lived, worshiped and conducted business. Annually the parade includes thousands of participants including historical, community and youth groups, bands, horses and dogs.

Events throughout the weekend in Alexandria will celebrate Washington’s legacy with an historic reenactment at Fort Ward Park, a 10-K race, the first ever one-mile race just before the parade, plus free admission to historic sites on parade day. Historic Mount Vernon presents a Surprise Birthday Party for General Washington daily through the weekend.

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