Saturday, March 12th, was the second day of Area 5 Championships. The unit competed against other top-ten units in a 100-question academic exam followed by a PT competition which consisted of push-ups, sit-ups, an 8×200 relay, and a 16×100 relay. The academic team had a fantastic showing, bringing home a second place academic trophy. For our first time going to Area 5, the unit competed well and we hope to return next year! HOORAH!
On February 9th, 2016 our unit carried out the annual Area Manager Inspection or AMI required for all NJROTC units worldwide. Though the Area 5 Manager, Captain Daniels was unable to inspect us personally this year, Commander Hal Mohler, the Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Richmond and his staff inspected the unit. The inspection consisted of an all-hands uniform/knowledge inspection by naval personnel followed by a ceremonial portion during which ten cadets earned their Exemplary Personal Appearance ribbons and additional cadets were frocked or received their new rank. Commander Mohler and his inspecting staff then proceeded to examine the classroom facilities and were briefed by Company Staff about the state of our unit from a management perspective.
Today, March 11th, we competed in our FIRST EVER Area 5 Championship! This is a two day event and today was the drill day. We competed in the following events: Armed Exhibition, Armed Basic, Unarmed Exhibition, Unarmed Basic, UPI, and Color Guard. We do not know what we placed, but we will find out tomorrow at the end of the competition. Tomorrow we will compete in academics and PT, then followed by awards! HOORAH to everyone who competed!
Below is a recording of the Armed Exhibition routine performed at Area 5.
On Saturday, March 5th, we hosted Southern Regionals! We didn’t compete because we are going to Area 5 next weekend! We still had a good day and appreciate everyone who came out to help and compete. Good job everyone!
On Saturday February 20th, we traveled to Loudon County High School and competed in their Drill Meet. We competed in armed basic, armed exhibition, unarmed basic, unarmed exhibition, color guard, and UPI. We ended up placing, 1st armed basic, 2nd unarmed basic, 2nd unarmed ex, and 3rd overall meet! Good job Cadets! Hoorah!
On February 4th, Cadet LTJG Booker, Cadet LTJG Price, Cadet LTJG Ewing, and Cadet Ensign Jackson, went to Providence Middle School to inform rising high school students of opportunities to join our NJROTC unit! Students were given a brief presentation detailing basic program and unit information, drill teams, future leadership opportunities, and more.
At the monthly all-company formation on January 21st, Cadet Price, who serves as Drill Commander and Assistant Ops, and Cadet Ewing, the unit’s PFO and PT Team Lead, were frocked to LTJG rank. Congratulations!!
On Saturday, January 9th, a group of first-year cadets competed in the NS1 Drill Meet at Nottoway High School in Nottoway County. The cadets participated in an Academic Exam, Armed Standard drill -led by Cadet Brandau-, Unarmed Standard drill -led by Cadet Keel-, Colorguard, Unarmed Squad drill -led by Cadet Baker-, Uniform Personnel Inspection (UPI) -led by Cadet Willett-, and several new challenge events such as Knowledge, Spit Shine, Uniform Prep, Push-ups, Curl-ups, Flag Folding, and Cadence Call. The cadets placed second in the Knowledge Challenge, third in push-ups, first in overall drill, and third place for the overall meet.
Wednesday, November 11th, Cadets Markey, Jackson, Friedrich, and Willett traveled with Commander Greenwald to Brookdale Elementary School, Providence Middle School, and Midlothian High School to perform Color Guards at each one of their Veterans Day services. The four cadets performed a total of four Color Guards, two at Providence Middle School and one at each of the other schools. The cadets’ tribute to all veterans, living and deceased, was truly an honor to provide.
On Saturday, November 7th, the unit held the 2nd Annual “Rapids Run For Veterans” 5K, organized this year by Cadet Ewing, the unit’s PFO. Donuts (from Sugar Shack, an acclaimed local doughnut shop), coffee, water, and other food items were provided for Veterans and runners. Cadets participated in and helped run the event alongside student volunteers from the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations. The event raised a record $2K, all of which were donated to the Fisher House foundation, a charity that helps wounded veterans and their families with lodging for medical treatments that require them to be away from their homes for an extended period. All participants received a shirt designed by Commander Greenwald’s daughter (see featured image for design); however, the top ten runners each received a special version of the shirt denoting their top ten status.