Official Homepage for the James River High School Navy Junior ROTC Website

Distinguished Unit with Honors

James River High School NJROTC

Welcome to the James River High School Navy Junior ROTC program website. Scroll down to find various resources to help you learn about our unit, get in contact with us, RSVP for events, and more. In our 11 years of operation, we been have awarded seven prestigious awards, awarded only to those whose units stand out as primary examples of the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

Established: 2009

If you would like to check out our unit events or RSVP for one of our upcoming events, click the button directly above this text.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to our unit click the link above to do so.

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Click above to view photos taken of our unit to get a better sense of are the many aspects of the James River High School Company

If you need to check our unit calendar you can click the button right above this text to see events that are are taking place in the future and practice schedules for our various teams.

Check the link above if you would like to view those who have graduated from our program and gone on to serve in the military.

76th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy

June 6th, 1944 will be forever remembered as the beginning of the D-Day invasions along the heavily fortified coast of Normandy, France. 156,000 allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Omaha and Utah, with the goal of regaining French control from the German invaders. Many notorious Army divisions such as the 101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne, 1st Infantry division, 4th Infantry division, 29th Infantry divisions, 3rd Canadian Division, the United Kingdom’s 6th Airborne division, 3rd Infantry Division, 5th Infantry Division, and many more Non-Divisional units all landed on the many beaches associated with the invasion of Normandy, a.k.a D-Day. However, this battle was not merely a war fought solely on the ground. It involved 1,213 combat ships, 4,126 landing ships, 736 support ships, 864 merchant ships, 7 battleships, 5 heavy cruisers, 20 light cruisers, and many more, all of which aided in transporting troops, shelling the beaches, and much more. In addition, there was an air facet to the invasion. Using the American B-17’s to bomb the armament stationed along the beach, and the use of the well known C-47 to transport mass amounts of troops to a wide variety of landing zones. This invasion prompted many soldiers to put their lives on the line and express true patriotism and heroism. Soldiers such as Private Carlton W. Barrett, First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith Jr., Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder Jr., and Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., put the lives of their many comrades before their own, resulting in them being awarded the highest earned Military award, the Medal of Honor. Today June 6th, 2020 is not purely used to acknowledge that it has been 76 years since the commencement of D-Day, but to mourn the many souls that gave their lives in the name of freedom.

Fundraising, Recruiting, and Sponsors

Without the help of our many sponsors, fundraisers, and recruiting trips, our unit would be struggling to be alive. So please donate to help us function as a whole and give an adequate experience to every cadet. In addition, to the fundraising and our sponsor like the Rotary Club, and Dominion Shooting range, recruiting plays a major role to our Company. That is why it is so vital that we get new cadets to sign up. Nonetheless, if you are interested in our unit check out the cadet resources portion above to view the required forms, and or to get a waiver if interested in our fine Navy program.

Last year our Athletic and Drill teams placed in the top 10 of 57 units in Maryland and Virginia.

If you would like to learn more about the history of our unit, click the button directly below to find more information

Interested in our Program?

Are you Interested in joining? Check out our many teams and aspects that make up N.J.R.O.T.C.

About our Instructors…

Our Instructors devote many hours to the program and the cadets within it. Consisting of Commander Peter Greenwald and Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Prince. Our unit is grateful to house these two outstanding individuals, filled with guidance and devotion to our program.

If you would like to learn more about our instructors, then click the link directly below.

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Cadet Resources…

Everything necessary for a cadet to succeed. “Learn to follow, learn to lead, lead to succeed.” Check the link below to view required forms, inspection knowledge, and much more…

Meet our 2019-2020 Leadership Team

Our Leadership team for the 2019-2020 school year have been chosen against many other applicants to lead our unit through the 2019-2020 school year. Commanded by the “Quad Squad,” the Leadership Team works countless hours ensuring that our unit is up and running 24/7. Click below to meet the members of our Leadership Team.

Meet our Staff Members
Lance Corporal Karl Linn directly after graduating Marine Core boot camp

Honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice…

On the left, Lance Corporal Karl Linn and on the right, Lance Corporal Jourdan Grez are two fellow James River Alumni who answered the call to serve. To preserve freedom abroad, these soldiers would be deployed to Iraq amid the Iraqi war. Both Karl Linn and Jourdan Grez, who assisted in Operation Iraqi Freedom, gave their lives in favor of freedom and democracy abroad. Click below to view their stories.

Lance Corporal Jourdan Grez directly after graduating Marine Core boot camp

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS:

“Good evening, I wanted to take a few moments to talk to our Navy family – our officers, our enlisted Sailors, our Navy civilians, and our families – about the murder of Mr. George Floyd and the events that we have all watched on TV for the last several nights.

It’s been a very sad time for our country – a confusing time. And most of us are trying to figure it out and trying to ask ourselves, “What can we do?” “How can we contribute in a positive way to change things so that these things never happen again?”

I’ve been in the Navy for a long time and I’ve had a lot of experiences. Something I have never experienced and something I will never experience is that I will never walk in the shoes of a black American or any other minority. I will never know what it feels like when you watch that video of Mr. Floyd’s murder. And I can’t imagine the pain and the disappointment and the anger that many of you felt when you saw that. Because it’s not the first time, it’s happened time and time again in our country.

I don’t have all the answers, and as CNO I can’t write an order and change a policy that’s going to fix things. So, I thought I’d make a couple of points.

First right now, I think we need to listen. We have black Americans in our Navy and in our communities that are in deep pain right now. They are hurting. I’ve received emails, and I know it’s not a good situation. I know that for many of them, they may not have somebody to talk to. I ask you to consider reaching out, have a cup of coffee, have lunch, and just listen.

The second thing I would ask you to consider in the Navy we talk a lot about treating people with dignity and respect – in fact, we demand it. It’s one of the things that makes us a great Navy and one of the things that makes me so proud of all of you every single day. But over the past week, after we’ve watched what is going on, we can’t be under any illusions about the fact that racism is alive and well in our country. And I can’t be under any illusions that we don’t have it in our Navy.

Racism happens a lot and it happens with people that we don’t normally expect. It happens with people who are friendly, generous, and kind as well. It could be a friend, a coworker, it could be a family member or a close acquaintance. And they say something, and it’s not right. And you know it’s not right. But because they’re a friend, and you know them well, and they’re a good person. You say to yourself “they didn’t mean that…they didn’t mean for it to come out that way.” But it did. And they had that thought. And they verbalized it. There was a consequence and somebody was probably hurt by it.

So, when that happens, I want you to think about is approaching that person. Think about dignity and respect. Think about having a private conversation – an honest conversation in educating them. Make them more self-aware of what they did and what they said. If we don’t do that, racism, injustice, indignity, and disrespect – it’s going to grow and it’s going to continue. And we’ll have more weeks like we’ve had this week. And we’ll be disappointed. We’ll be more disappointed in ourselves because we let it happen. We let it happen.

I’m really proud of the Navy. I’m such an optimist about not only where we’ve been but where we are going. Let’s make it the best Navy possible. Let’s make it the best Navy for everybody. Thanks. Thanks for listening. Have a good night.”

– Admiral Gilday