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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Riverhead NJROTC Earns Honor
The Riverhead High School NJROTC was recently named a Distinguished Unit with Honors by the NJROTC program for the 2017-2018 school year. This is the highest unit award the NJROTC can earn. The last time Riverhead acquired the award was in 1999.
Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets recently visited national heritage sites and military installations in New London, Connecticut; Newport, Rhode Island; and Boston, Massachusetts. During the informative tour, students explored the historic Breakers mansion and the USS Constitution. Pictured are cadets learning more about the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.
A Visit to Yale
Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets learned about programs available to them at Yale University during a trip to the school on April 13. The cadets toured the historic campus and met with undergraduates enrolled in the U.S. Navy’s NROTC program at Yale. The cadets also spent time with several midshipmen in the university’s dining hall and attended a Naval Science class.
Cadets Inspire Young Students
Members of the Riverhead High School NJROTC energized and roused Aquebogue Elementary School students during an annual demonstration on March 15 at the elementary school.
The NJROTC cadets performed two impressive military drills, spoke about the ROTC program and interacted with the students by answering individual questions.
Cadets Explore West Point
Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets visited the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, on Feb. 2.
During the trip, the cadets explored the collection of military artifacts at the West Point Museum, watched a film on the history of cadet life at the site and participated in a tour of the academy itself. After discovering more about the academy chapel, cemetery and historic Trophy Point, the cadets observed an evening colors ceremony, complete with cannon fire as the American flag was lowered.
The trip culminated with an adventure to the NCAA Division I hockey game, where the cadets cheered on the Army Black Nights.
Cadets Display Marksmanship Skills
The Riverhead High School NJROTC took part in an air rifle marksmanship competition on Feb. 2 against the Southold NJROTC. Cadets competed in both the varsity and freshman divisions, shooting standard 10-meter targets from the prone, kneeling and standing positions. Top Riverhead shooters were Cadets James Hooper (varsity) and Justin Meilunas (freshman).
Riverhead NJROTC inspected
The Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps had the distinction of being inspected by Cmdr. Jimmie Miller, manager of Area Four, during a ceremony at the high school on Dec. 7.
Miller examined the uniforms of 116 Riverhead cadets and tested their NJROTC knowledge. Following the biannual inspection, the cadets, led by Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Michael Daniel, executed a military ceremony, and the cadet color guard and drill teams performed. The ceremony culminated with a pass-in review parade accompanied by the Riverhead High School Wind Ensemble.
The Riverhead Central School District congratulates the NJROTC for continuing to be one of the top units in NJROTC Area Four.
NJROTC Officer Earns Scholarship Reservation
Riverhead High School NJROTC Commanding Officer Michael Daniel, who has dreams of attending the U.S. Naval Academy, has earned a NROTC immediate scholarship reservation.
The prestigious scholarship reservation is tantamount to an offer of an official scholarship and is only presented to highly qualified candidates. Daniel’s scholarship application will next go before a formal board screening.
In addition to serving as the NJROTC commanding officer, Daniel is active in athletics as a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams. He also participates in the Spanish Club and in July attended both the New York State Boys and U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminars.
The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to Michael Daniel.
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.