Our Battalion

    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.
    Since our teams have made the Olympic Division Champions again, both of our "Gold" drill teams and rifle teams are eligible to attend the regional drill meet at Oregon City on March 16, 2019. We will leave on Friday the 15th at 0600 and spend the night in a hotel, compete on Saturday, spend the night in a hotel and return on Sunday we should be back around 1500. We have a total of 12 team or individual events that have qualified to go. The Oak Harbor NJROTC is hoping to go and defend our Regional Championship that we have won the 4 out of the past 6 years. They have placed in the top 3 finishers for the past 12 years.
    As always, feel free to contact either CDR or Chief.
    Community Service Opportunities

    All events have sign-up sheets in the classroom
  • 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
    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.
    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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