March 27th, the first ever Area 5 Brain Brawl competition was hosted by James River! The team brought home a 3rd place position and a trip to Arizona for the National competition. Bravo Zulu to the following cadets: Junior Jack Pearcy, Senior Quinn Lily, Junior Clark Brandau, Freshman Sam Raymond, and Freshman Christopher Cosby.
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.