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.
On October 17th, the unit hosted our annual “Knock Off The Rust” Drill Meet, the first of the season. The Drill and Academics teams started the season off strong, placing third in Armed Exhibition, second in Academics and Unarmed Standard drill, and first in Color Guard and Unarmed Exhibition. These wins added up to a second place overall position of all who attended. The cadets did a fantastic job both in competition and in running the meet.
This year, the unit marched in the annual James River High School Homecoming Parade with an impressive showing. Leading the parade, Cadets ignored (to greater or lesser degrees) confectionary distractions tossed from passing floats as the parade was getting into position and represented the unit with military discipline and pride. The unit led the parade with a color guard, trailed by the Armed Standard team and the rest of the unit marching unarmed while chanting cadences. The parade ran from the top of Tarrington hill to “The Swamp” (the JRHS football stadium), completing one lap around the track before coming to a halt.
On 25 September, cadets honored the following veterans by parading a 50x30ft flag onto the JRHS football field for the school’s annual Military Appreciation Night football game. Cadets who were not on flag detail also participated in a special five-man color guard and escorted the vets onto the field to be honored by the crowd during the National Anthem.
Name Branch Years of Service
|Michael Cook||USMC||4 years|
|Sabrina Nelson||Army||3 years|
|Tom Hickey||Navy||21 years|
|Walter Cornett||USMC||4 years|
|William Bennett||Military||20 years|
|Patrick Lilly||USMC||6 years|
The NJROTC cadets in partnership with the Leadership and International Relations Center will host our 4th Annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, 6 November 2015. As a follow up to our 2013 and 2014 assemblies in which we hosted five WW II and five Korean War veterans respectively in a round table discussion, we will host six Vietnam War veterans on stage. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with our first ground combat troops deploying to Vietnam on 8 March 1965. We invite all Richmond-area Vietnam era veterans and their guests to join us for both our pre-assembly reception at 1115, the assembly at 1205, followed immediately by a brick and wreath laying ceremony at our memorial circle. Please register here online.
On 7 November 2015, our very own Physical Training Officer c/Ensign Ewing will lead our effort to host our Second Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. All proceeds will benefit our local Fisher House, a non-profit organization that provides veterans’ families a place to stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving medical treatment. Click here to register!
The same day registration is at 0930, the Fun Run for kids starts at 1030 and the 5K will start immediately following the Fun Run. The 5K is run entirely on the James River High School campus. The entry fee for Vets and students is $15 and $20 for all other participants. Same-day registration is $20. “Top 10 Runner” t-shirts will be given to the top 10 runners. Sugar Shack will sponsor a light breakfast and a meet and greet with local veterans.
On Saturday March 21st, NJROTC hosted our 6th annual Southern Regionals. Our drill teams competed against 6 other school and pulling away with 10 trophies. Among those trophies were:
2nd place Situps
1st place Pushups
2nd place Academics
2nd place Unarmed Basic
3rd place Unarmed X
1st place Color Guard
1st place Armed Basic
1st place overall Athletics
1st place overall Drill
and 2nd place overall competition
Special recognition to Cadet Elisha El for receiving the highest score on the UPI team with a 22 out of 25
Cadet El also did 148 pushups during the athletic portion, beating a school record and taking the medal for most male pushups. Cadet Kaitleen Rivera also recieved a medal for most female pushups, with 47.
For recognition for the situp portion:
Cadet Henderson with 75
Cadet Hayden with 102
Cadet Gibson with 134
and Cadet Kaupish with 144
Congrats to all of our drill teams members in making this one of our most successful Southern Regionals in the history of our unit.