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     The Hurricane Battalion was formed in August of 2021. Initially, during School Year (SY) 2021-2022, the Battalion had two companies with no Battalion Staff. In SY 2022-2023 the Battalion added a third company and a Headquarters Element (HQ). The Hurricane Battalion competes locally, regionally and nationally in Raiders, Drill, Academic, and Leadership Team competitions.

Class overview

     The JROTC curriculum includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

     In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC.


About the organization

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities and privileges as American citizens.


Daily schedule

First Period                 ------------

Second Period        Alpha Company

Third period          Bravo Company

Fourth Period        Charlie Company

Fifth Period                   Specialty Team

Sixth Period          Staff / Headquarter

2:15 pm                          Dismissal 





     Major Eric Redlin is the Army JROTC Senior Army Instructor (SAI) at East Hamilton High School. He has been with the program since its inception in 2021. He was the SAI at Soddy Daisy High School from 2014 to 2021.

     He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He served 20 years in the Active Duty Army as an Airborne Artilleryman. He entered the Army in the summer of 1990 as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. He served five years as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist at Fort Bragg North Carolina and Fort Richardson Alaska. During that time he deployed to Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was awarded a Green to Gold Scholarship in 1995 and was commissioned in 1999 as a Field Artillery Officer. 

     As an Officer he served at Fort Hood, Texas as a Company Fire Support Officer, a Battery Fire Direction Officer, a Battery Executive Officer and Battery Commander. He served as Battalion Intelligence and Security Officer (S2) and Assistant Operations Officer (AS3) in Bamberg, Germany. He was the United States' Exchange Professor of Gunnery, Fire Support and Joint Fires to the Royal Australian Arillery School (RAAS) located in Puckapunyal, Victoria. He spent three additional periods at Fort Bragg, NC during which times he served as a Division and Corps G33, Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battery Commander, Battalion S3 and Battalion Executive Officer (XO). As a Commissioned Officer he deployed three more times to Iraq and one time to Afghanistan. 

     Major Redlin has earned the US Army Cadet Command Bronze, Silver, and Gold Instructor Awards. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in History and a Master’s Degree of Arts in Education.

Major Redlin's military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Air Assault School, Airborne School, The United States Army Advanced Airborne School (Jumpmaster School), Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Captain's Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School (CAS3), and  Intermediate Level Education.

     His military awards include the Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (1-OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3-OLC), Army Achievement Medal (8-OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1-GS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3-GS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1-GS), Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (3-GS), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.

     He lives in Hixson with his two sons, Max and Lachlan, his fiancée and four dogs. He enjoys trail running, obstacle course racing, adventure racing, yoga, and traveling.



MSG Tribby was born January 26 1971 in Terre Haute, IN.  He is married to Toxey S Tribby of Montgomery, AL.  They have 3 children, Hannah, age 23, a teacher in Buffalo, NY; Madeline, age 21, is serving in the United States Marine Corps; and Connor, age 20, is serving in the United States Coast Guard.          

MSG Tribby was raised in Columbus, GA and graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in 1989 after which he took classes at Columbus College before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1990.  MSG Tribby left the service in 1996 and reentered service in the Army in January 2006 as an Armor Crewman.  He has been stationed in Baumholder, Germany, FT Benning, GA, FT Wainwright, AK and Niagara University ROTC.  

MSG Tribby has served as a Tank Loader, Tank Gunner and Tank Commander while deployed in Iraq in 2006 with 1-35 AR and in 2008 with 1-6 IN.  He served as a Mobile Gun System Platoon Sergeant in 1-5 IN in FT Wainwright Alaska.  He served as the First Sergeant of Berserker Company 1-5 IN also in FT Wainwright, Alaska.  His last assignment was as the Senior Military Science Instructor at Niagara University.

MSG Tribby’s military education includes Basic Leader, Advanced Leader, and the Senior Leader NCOES courses.  He graduated from the Master Gunner course in October 2014.  He received his BA in Education from Ashford University in 2016.  He completed the Master Educator course at the University of Louisville in January 2019.

MSG Tribby’s awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2-OLC), Army Commendation Medal (V, 1-OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2-OLC), Navy Achievement Medal (1-GS), Army Good Conduct Medal (4-knots) Navy Good Conduct Medal (1-S), National Defense Service Medal (1-GS), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3- CS), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2-S), Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Action Badge.