Hurricane Battalion

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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, a Headquarters Element (HQ). In 2023-2024 added a forth company and formally achieved "Honor Unit with Distinction", placing it in the to 5% of programs in teh nation. 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                   Delta Company

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 Artillery 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, two dogs, and two cats. 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.



SFC Richardson was born June 1981 in Denver, CO. He moved around a lot as a child due to his Father’s military assignments, but his family eventually settled down in Cleveland, TN. He is married to Heather Richardson of Cleveland, TN. They have 3 children: Kyla, age 18; Connor, age 14; Kelsie, age 11.

SFC Richardson joined the US Army in February 2001. From 2001-2004 he served as a Cannon Crewmember with Bravo Battery 2/319 th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC. During this time he deployed with his unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing advanced individual training for a secondary military occupational specialty in 2005, he reported to the 782 nd Quartermaster Battalion E-Company, Fort Bragg, NC., as a Parachute Rigger. From 2005 to 2011, SFC Richardson stayed stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. serving in multiple units and detachments in support of airborne operations for the 18 th Airborne Corps and 82 nd Airborne Division. In 2011, SFC Richardson, moved to Chattanooga, TN. to serve as a US Army Recruiter. From 2014 to 2023 SFC Richardson continued to serve as a US Army Recruiter in Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

SFC Richardson’s military education includes Basic Leader, Advanced Leader, and Senior Leader NCOES Courses. He graduated from the Company Commander and 1SG Course in 2021. He holds three military occupational skills as a Canon Crewmember, Parachute Rigger, and US Army Recruiter. He has an Associates of Science Degree from Lionel Uninvesting.

SFC Richardson awards include Meritorious Service Medal (1-OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5- OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4-OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (2- Silver knots), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2-CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service medal, Army Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon.