Riverhead High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) unit started as a satellite of the Southold High School NJROTC unit in 1974. In 1976, the Riverhead NJROTC received its own charter and broke away from Southold. The Riverhead NJROTC 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.
Several of the RHS cadets have earned ROTC scholarships after graduation.
Cadets participate in a variety of activities, such as drill competitions, physical fitness outings, military orientation trips, and social events like their military ball.
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NJROTC Cadets Tour Historic Sites; Visit Naval Academy
During Veterans Day weekend, Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets visited several historic sites and toured the U.S. Naval Academy.
The trip kicked off in Philadelphia where the cadets toured major historical sights, including the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall. They also explored the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell.
Following a day in Philly, the cadets stopped at the Battleship USS New Jersey, moored in Camden. The cadets experienced life on a battleship by taking a guided tour, trying out a flight simulator and sleeping in 3 by 7-foot bunks stacked three high.
The trip concluded with a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following the tour, the students cheered on the Midshipmen at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Of the trip, Cadet Lieutenant Commander Michael Daniel said, “Visiting the Naval Academy was an amazing experience that bolstered my desire to attend the prestigious institution and one day call it my home.”
NJROTC Lends Helping Hands
As part of their mission to give back to the community, members of the high school NJROTC participated in three community service activities during the weekend of Nov. 4.
The cadets spent time cleaning up the Association for the Developmentally Disabled’s Sensory Garden, located on Sound Shore Road in Riverhead. Additionally, cadets helped serve and clean up at the annual Rotary Club Pancake breakfast and VFW Pancake Breakfast.
Advancing Orienteering Skills
High school NJROTC cadets gained valuable orienteering skills while attending the NJROTC Area 4 Orienteering Championship held in Pennsylvania on Oct. 21.
During the competition, the Riverhead cadets, led by Orienteering Team Commander Cadet Bryan Cakir, competed against 14 NJROTC teams by using maps and magnetic compasses to navigate wooded courses. The event was Riverhead’s first foray in orienteering after a multiyear hiatus.
Congrats, Michael Daniel
The NJROTC unit would like to extend its congratulations to Commanding Officer Michael Daniel who was named Homecoming King during the high school’s 2017 homecoming festivities.
In addition to serving as the NJROTC commanding officer, Michael is active in athletics as a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams. He also participates in Spanish Club and in July attended both the New York State Boys and U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminars.
Michael hopes to attend college in the fall at either the Naval Academy or elsewhere on an NROTC scholarship to fulfill his dream of becoming a naval officer.
Cadets Take Part in Leadership Training
High School NJROTC cadets recently participated in an annual three-day basic leadership-training program at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp.
The event, which was co-sponsored by the Riverhead and Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC units, provided an opportunity for the Riverhead cadets to train alongside other cadets from Eastern Long Island.
During the training, 31 new cadets, under the leadership of Cadet Commanding Officer Michael Daniel, were introduced to precision drill, orienteering, academics and physical fitness in a stressful, military-style environment. In addition to the military orientation, the cadets enjoyed supervised wall-climbing, a high ropes course, hikes and a beach cleanup. They also relaxed on the final night with camaraderie and skits around the bonfire. Nine upperclassmen also attended and served as part of the training cadre.
Of the weekend, freshman Jarad Chapman said, “It was probably the best school experience I’ve ever had.”
In the coming weeks, the cadets will meet in Bethel, Connecticut for a drill meet and participate in an orienteering championship in Pennsylvania in addition to taking part in school and community service events.