Congratulations to the 40 cadets who traveled to Virginia Beach for this year’s Area 5 Invitational! The privilege of going to Area 5 is a long and arduous fight, and the cadets earned every bit of it! For the 3rd time in the unit’s history, and the 2nd time in a row, this is with no doubts an outstanding accomplishment.
The 2 day period was full of competition and celebration. Here are some highlights!
Due to weather, cadets were unable to compete in the relay. However, push ups and curl ups were still good to go!
Special thanks to our seniors, who stayed with the unit through thick and thin. They guided our teams through the years, and taught everything they knew. While this was their last drill meet, they will always be present with us in spirit, even as they move onto their own paths.
Outstanding job, cadets! Let’s fight and pray for another year at Area 5 in 2020!
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.
Click here to watch a video chronicling our cadets’ trip Parris Island to experience Marine Corps Boot Camp. The following cadets from James River High School completed this trip and returned with greatly improved discipline and leadership skills:
Cadet May A.
Cadet May K.
The official website for James River High School NJROTC