Gunnery Sgt. Mahala
SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Four RHS Cadets attended the NJROTC Leadership Academy in Newport, RI.
Honor. Courage. Commitment.
"Riverhead's NJROTC Unit started as a satellite of the Southold NJROTC Unit 38 years ago in 1974," explained Riverhead's new commander, CAPT William Loughlin (Mac). NJRTOC Unit's Website Link
"The cadets have already accomplished quite a bit this year," explained Gunnery Sgt. Mahala. "There was a summer orientation before school started, 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.
"The NJROTC program welcomes CAPT MATTHEW M. LOUGHLIN as the new Naval Science Instructor and commander of the Riverhead High School NJROTC UNIT. CAPT Loughlin has joined Gunnery Sgt. Charles Mahala to form a formidable leadership team.
A native of Kingston, New York and raised in nearby Esopus, Captain Loughlin graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1983 and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in March 1985.
RHS Assistant Principal Patrick Burke noted, "We are very excited to be welcoming CAPT Loughlin to Riverhead High School. His rank and experience is amazing. We are so lucky to have him on board."
There are a lot of people who come together to make this program work, and the administration and NJROTC leadership would like to thank the Board of Education for its support, and the parents and Riverhead community for being there for the cadets.
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. RHS 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.
Several of the RHS cadets have earned ROTC scholarships after graduation.
News & Awards
NJROTC - Distinguished Unit With Honors
RHS NJROTC DRILL TEAMS HAVE A STRONG HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN AREA FOUR DRILL MEETS
(November 19, 2016) Riverhead’s NJROTC’s drill team took first place in two of the principal regional high school competitions held at Bethel, CT on November 19th. Facing 18 rival high schools from across New York, New Jersey, and New England, Riverhead placed first overall in varsity Armed Platoon as well as freshman Unarmed Platoon. The two winning platoons were commanded by siblings, Cadet Michael Daniel and younger sister, Cadet Kellia Daniel. In individual competition, Cadet William Gilmore placed seventh out of over 800 cadets in the Individual Drill Knock-out event.
The Riverhead NJROTC cadets are preparing for their next inter-scholastic competition, which will be hosted by the Southold NJROTC Unit at Mattituck High School on December 17th.
(April 9, 2016) The RHS Drill Team finished 1st Overall in the last Area Four Regional Drill Meet of the year at Rancocas Valley Regional HS in Mount Holly, NJ. Thirteen schools and over 500 cadets from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware competed in 7 events for the overall awards. RHS finished 2nd overall at this same event (Rancocas) last year/April 2015. Last year was the first year RHS entered this drill meet.