Frederick Douglass NJROTC Unit
Distinguished Unit 2004-2005
This year the Frederick Douglass NJROTC unit is "haze gray and underway" and steaming at flank speed! The battalion has 160 cadets that are divided into two companies and ten platoons. The Cadet Commanding Officer Shanna Balhis and Cadet Executive Officer Rashaad Khaalid have assumed command and are leading the unit for this school year.
During the summer, the unit was very active. Over forty cadets participated in leadership camps and an orientation trip that took us to Virginia Beach and the outback of Goshen, VA. The training was outstanding and the four weeklong training evolution were learning and fun experiences for instructors and cadets.
At the conclusion of last school year the unit was recognized as a "Distinguished Unit" by the Navy. This honor is only awarded to 30% of the units in the country. This year, one of our goals is to maintain our record of excellence. I believe we are up to the task.
Our 70 new Naval Science 1 cadets have received their uniforms and have quickly become part of our Navy Family. Petty Officer Brooks is busy teaching them about Navy culture and tradition. "Attention on deck" and "lock your body up" are now part of their vocabulary. Any day now, they will know the difference between a "head" and a "bulkhead."
The new year looks bright and the unit has a full slate of activities. We are busy in and out of the classroom. Our drill teams are practicing and most of the weekends are booked with drill and athletic competitions. We have a good group of cadets and look forward to providing them with a structured education.
Captain James W. Kelley, Jr. USN (ret) Senior Naval Science Instructor
Want to know more? You can find out more about the NJROTC program by visiting the Naval Science Instructor or school counselors.
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