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.
Congratulations to Cadet Frye on matching the Air Rifle team record with a score of 98/100 in prone shooting position.
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.
On November 7th, the James River High School Raiders team (consisting of eight members) went to Pocahontas State Park and competed in the “Best Of The Best” Raiders Meet. The Raiders team placed
- 11th Overall out of 48 teams!!
- 1st in Land Navigation
- 9th in Rope Bridge
- 15th on the 5k
- 14th on the Fireman’s Carry
- 12th at the Litter Carry
Good Job Cadets!
On October 31st, the Drill and PT teams traveled to Potomac High School for a Drill and Field Meet. The Academic team placed second, with Cadet PO/1 Popp bringing home a third place medal for the third highest individual test score. That, in addition to a second place in Unarmed Exhibition, help land the unit in fourth place for the overall meet.
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.