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.
LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE
(JULY 22, 2013 - NEWPORT, RI) One hundred and forty six Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets graduated July 12, 2013 from the 2013 NJROTC Area 4 Leadership Academy and Sail Training (LA/ST) program at Naval Station Newport.
Four RHS cadets (L-R) Aleki Lui, Brianne Corwin, Ashlyn Whyard and Joanne Yeung graduated from Leadership Academy and Sail Training at the Naval Base in Newport, RI on July 12th. They successfully completed two weeks of intensive training in preparation for increased leadership responsibilities in the Riverhead High School NJROTC program. Cadet Lui is holding a 1st place Sailing Trophy and cadet Corwin is holding a 1st place Orienteering Trophy as well as a 3rd Place Sailing Medal. >More
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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
2012-13 NJROTC Officers
2013 Unit Chain of Command
c/LCDR James McEntee
Operations Officer Assistant:
Company Senior Chief:
c/SCPO Nicholas Deschamps