Charles Regan, Principal
Videos - Area 4 2011
Varsity Color Guard
NS1 Platoon Drill
North Rockland '13
The unit has its largest crop of new recruits in years. . . As of the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the unit has a total of 140 cadets this school year. Several students participated in summer leadership events.
Honor. Courage. Commitment.
"Riverhead's NJROTC Unit started as a satellite of the Southold NJROTC Unit 38 years ago in 1974," explained Riverhead's commander, Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy.
"The cadets have already accomplished quite a bit this year," explained Lt. Col. McCarthy. "There was a summer orientation before school started, a field trip to Shinnecock Coast Guard Station, Color Guards, parades, Basic Leadership Training, a physical fitness test and community service events. There are a lot of people who come together to make this program work,” he concluded, “and we want to thank the administration for its support, and the parents for being there for us."
Cadets participate in a variety of activities, such as drill competitions, physical fitness outings, military orientation trips, and social events like their military ball.
CADET TO ATTEND THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
(February 24, 2014) It was recently announced that RHS NJROTC Company Senior Chief (c/SCPO) Nicholas Deschamps has received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy (MMA) at Kings Point, NY. Nicholas plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
Cadet Nicholas Deschamps, who will graduate near the top of his class, is the Commander of the NJROTC Academic Team and a key member of the unit’s award winning Drill Team. The RHS Drill Team is one of 12 teams out of 58 to qualify for the Area Four Championship Meet to be held in Colt’s Neck, NJ on March 1st. This is the 7th consecutive year Riverhead has qualified for this championship meet.
Nicholas started his senior year after a very productive summer:
1) He attended and acted as a counselor the 11th Annual 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) summer program;
2) He was the RHS representative to the 2013 American Legion BOYS' STATE of NY;
3) In addition, last summer Nicholas attended the NJROTC Sail Academy off the coast of Florida and is now certified as a Sr. Crew member.
The Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five federal academies and required a nomination from Congressman Bishop. As one of the academies, all tuition, room and board, etc. is covered.
“Nicholas is the first Riverhead NJROTC cadet I am aware of to receive an Appointment to this Academy,” noted the unit’s naval science instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy. "Like last summer, Nicholas will be very busy this summer. He begins the academy on July 1st." >More
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE UNIT
The N.J.R.O.T.C. Program at Riverhead High School began in 1974 as a satellite unit from Southold High School. In 1976, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. received its own charter and broke away from Southold. In 36 years of existence, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. Unit has become well known throughout the ten northeastern states of area four.
The unit has earned numerous unit and individual citations, awards, and trophies at area and national armed and unarmed drill, academic and athletic competitions. Riverhead High School NJROTC has earned the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Distinguished High School Unit award for 2001/2002 and 2002/2003. In 2004-05, Riverhead NJROTC once again won the CNET Unit Achievement Award; as well as being named as the most improved unit in the area and 3rd most improved in the nation for school year 2004-2005. In 2005-2006, Riverhead earned the Distinguished Unit Award for being one of the top 15 out of 54 schools in Area 4. In 2009-10, even though they did not meet the size requirement of 100, they were given the Distinguished Unity Award for being one of the top units in Area 4. Several of the RHS cadets have earned ROTC scholarships after graduation.
News & Awards
NJROTC Wins Distinguished Unit With Honors
(May 20, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) This is the first time since 2007 that the Riverhead NJROTC Unit has earned the Distinguished Unit With Honors award. Everything that a unit does during the year (April 2012 - April 2013) is considered during the selection process. This year the Riverhead NJROTC Unit excelled in many areas.
Some highlights include:
- 1st Overall in 5 Drill Competitions
- 5th Overall in Area Four for the Secretary of the Navy Air Rifle Competition
- Three Academic Teams finished in the top 30% for Area Four in the National Academic Examination.
- Above Average Overall Inspection Grade for the Area Manager's Annual Inspection
- Over 2,000 hours of Community Service conducted by cadets
- Over 900 hours of school service conducted by cadets
- Educational Orientation field trips conducted to Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va., The United States Naval Academy, Washington, DC, Shinnecock Coast Guard Station, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Westhampton Air National Guard Base, Shelter Island and the 4-H Camp for Basic Leadership Training. >2012-13 School Year
The Awards Dinner is June 5th. >More
2013-14 NJROTC NEWS
c/LCDR James McEnte
Company Senior Chief Nicholas Deschamps has beenaccepted into the Merchant Marine Academy. The
MMA is one of the five federal academies and required a nomination from Congressman Bishop. As one of the academies,
all tuition, room and board, etc. is covered. >More