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.
On October 16th, a portion of the unit took a field trip to the “USS Buttercup”, a facility in Norfolk, VA used to train Navy Damage Control personnel by simulating a flooding compartment on a ship. After attending a brief presentation on basic repair training for pipes and holes, the unit was split into two groups, each participating in a different section of the trainer. One section consisted of a room filled with pipes and a model bulkhead littered with holes that Cadets were required to patch using various materials provided while being sprayed with water. The other section was a compartment that was modeled after an actual Navy ship which flooded with water from various holes as smoke filled the room and alarms blared to add to the confusion. Cadets were required to patch the holes in the bulkheads using wooden blocks of various shapes and sizes. Though the participants failed in this task, the experience was unforgettable. Afterwards, the unit traveled to the base of an amphibious landing craft unit, where cadets were able to get a hands-on tour of an LCAC Amphibious Assault hovercraft. After lack of interest prevented the unit from attending this trip last year, this year’s experience will likely seal the trip into the annual traditions of the unit.
The Athletic team placed 7th overall in the annual Lee-Davis Field meet. The meet included push-ups, sit-ups, a 16x100m relay, and an 8x200m relay.
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|