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    Color Guard at Graduation NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

    Oak Harbor high school started their NJROTC program in 1973 and continues to have a successful program. NJROTC is a citizenship and leadership program designed to encourage and help students to become informed and involved citizens of the United States. The Oak Harbor Wildcat Batallion currently serves in Northwest Washington near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
     
    At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year there were 188 active cadets.
     
    Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Vincent Quidachay, USN (ret.)
    Naval Science Instructor: AMHC (AW) William "Chief" Thiel USN (ret.)
     
    Upcoming News
     
    We have been requested to perform numerous Color Guards that we have enough cadets to perform. Please check with Chief to ensure we have every one of them covered. Practices will continue every Monday and Friday until the end of the school year. Make sure you keep your uniform hung up and ready to put on at a moments notice.
     
    NJROTC Parent meeting: We will be having an NJROTC parent meeting on Thursday Jan 31 at 1900 (7pm) in the NJROTC classroom to discuss the needs for supervision during our drill meet. Chief will have a sign-up sheet for the different places we will need the supervision. Please plan on coming to the meeting to assist wherever your strengths are. Let CDR or Chief know if you would like to help but cannot make it to the meeting.
     
    Oak Harbor High School NJROTC will be hosting the final divisional drill meet on 16 FEB 2019. All cadets are expected to obligate at least 2 hours of their day for service to the unit. Chief will have the cadet staff working on a watchbill so the cadets will be able to sign up for the jobs they would like to have for that day. The uniform for that day will depend on what job they sign up for. The jobs will be fulfilled by non team members first and then the team members will be assigned as needed.
     
    We will have 6 other schools that will be bringing their cadets to our school to compete. We usually have between 500 and 600 students from the other units along with their spectators and parents so this is an ALL HANDS effort. Chief and Commander have more things to do at a home meet and cannot do it by themselves. Please encourage and support your young adult to participate in this evolution.
     
    CDR and Chief have made the decision that we are NOT going to attend the Navy National drill meet this year. The logistics are not working in our favor as that is the same time as spring break. Lots of people make plans for that time of year so we are backing out for this year. We are looking at attending next year.
     
    On the other hand, most of our drill and rifle teams are standing very well to be eligible to attend the regional drill meet at Oregon City on March 16, 2019. We would leave on Friday the 15th  and spend the night in a hotel, compete on Saturday, spend the night in a hotel and return on Sunday. Only the top 3 placings in each of the categories that we compete in are invited to go. More information as we are preparing for the Everett meet.
     
    The OPS officer is now ramping up to start the planning for the NJROTC Ball which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 1800 (6pm) to 2300 (11 pm) at the Officers Club on base. With the success of our car washes and letter donations, the cost per cadet and their date is only $12.00 (Not including pictures). Other attendees cost will be $26.00. More information to follow on this as well.
     
    As always, feel free to contact either CDR or Chief.
     
    Community Service Opportunities
     

    All events have sign-up sheets in the classroom
     
    The Oak Harbor Yacht Club would like us to assist in moving tables from the lower level to the upper level this Saturday, Jan 19 at 1000 (10am) this is to set up a venue that they are hosting on Sat evening. They would also like to have us help tear down on Sun at 1200 (noon) to put them back.
  • ROTC and choir together at the Veterans Day Assembly
    Orienteering Team
     
    Meets are held two Saturdays per month. The Orienteering Team Carpools to each race, leaving at about 6:30 a.m. from the High School. Directions to the race sites are provided to drivers. Students can sign up to have their parents drive in the PDL in class. Parents have the option to drive their child and not carpool with others. Grade sheets are due on the Tuesday before the race to check eligibility and to have a specific count of participants. Races begin at the race sights at 10:00 am and start times begin as late as 11:30 am. Each runner will start at a different time to prevent participants from following each other. After the race, the students can stop for lunch on the way home.
     
    Drill Teams
     
    Oak Harbor Wildcat Battalion has an award-winning Color Guard, Armed Drill Team and Unarmed Drill Team.  These teams are willing to attend events within the community, such as:
     
    Cadets and Safeco moose
    Changes of Command
    Retirement Ceremonies
    Memorials
    Military-Based Events
     
    If you would like to have one of the teams appear at an event, please contact Chief Thiel at wthiel@ohsd.net.
     
    Drill Team Practice Times
     
     Armed Drill Team  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  6:00 a.m.
     Unarmed Drill Team  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

     6:00 a.m.

    Color Guard  Monday and Friday

    6:00 a. m.

     Rifle Team  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  6:15 a.m.
     
    Awards
    2006-2018 Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors (highest NJROTC award)
    2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 NWD&R Conference Champions - Placed in top 3 for 11 years in a row
    2013, 2014 & 2017 Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference (NWD&R) Runner-up
    2017 7th in the Nation / 1st in the Navy JROTC - Elena Flake
    2016 Orienteering Team Second Place National Invitational
    2016 Rifle Team Conference Champions
    2015 Rifle Club Team National Champions
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