The NJROTC students, along with SUNY Maritime Navy ROTC members who were also former members of the SMG NJROTC unit, including Battalion Commander John Dunne, Jack Nugent, and Kevin Izzo. Photo Credit: Donna Dunne
The North Fork swelled with pride this weekend at the Southold-Mattituck-Greenport Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Crops won first place at a SUNY Maritime College drill competition — for the ninth year in a row.
"These kids truly amaze me," said Joan Dinizio.
On the Greenport Union Free School District Facebook page, residents lauded the NJROTC.
"Makes us former NJROTC cadets proud! Hand salute!" wrote Jason Vanetten.
The unit, now over 300 members strong, showed strong spirit during the competition; according to Donna Dunne, it was the first time that the SMG NJROTC drill competition was let by a former member. In addition, two members of the Southold Class of 2010, and one member of the Mattituck Class of 2010, former members of the unit, who are on full scholarships, are battalion leaders of their NROTC unit in college.
"It just goes to show the great things these cadets go on to accomplish," she said. "Even though they are from different schools, they are one unit."