MISSION:  To motivate young people to be better citizens.



The first month as the Senior Army Instructor has been extremely busy.  We have begun the term with an greater slant towards academic improvement while maintaining the same quality of training for all the upcoming events on our calendar. Again let me reiterate how humbled to be be here and welcomed by this community, the parents, and the students. My team and I continue to look forward to working with the students as they hone their skills towards becoming engaged and productive citizens. 

The North Brunswick JROTC Rifle Team competed in the JROTC Army Service Championship from 13-15 Feb in Anniston, Alabama. Our team qualified as the 2nd Place , Silver Medalist for the Region and in 3rd Place (Bronze Medalist) amongst all Army JROTC units across the nation with a two day score of 4310.  The team and scores were comprised of Christopher Hines (1092), Austin Johnson (1090), Spencer West (1064) and Shianne Koehnle (1064).  Joseph Johnson competed as an individual and had a two day score of 1047.

Based on their outstanding shooting, Christopher Hines and Austin Johnson made it to the finals which consisted of the top eight shooters of the match. Going into the match, Christopher Hines was the number five shooter and Austin Johnson was the number seven shooter. These shooters competed in a ten round shoulder to shoulder shoot off to determine the top three medalists.  In the end, Austin Johnson took home the silver medal with a score of 1183 and Christopher Hines finished with the bronze medal with a score of 1182.4.

Their excellent performance has qualified the team to compete in the JROTC National Championship to be held at Camp Perry, Ohio from 18-22 March 2015. Please take the time to congratulate these students. They have represented NBHS in an outstanding manner. 

 We also just received acknowledgement from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Program that North Brunswick High School JROTC was awarded the Silver Medal during the Sport State Match.  This means we are ranked as the #2 team in the State amongst all JROTC schools, immaterial of service.  This has qualified us to attend and compete at the next level, the Nationals for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Program in Fort Benning, GA, April 18-20.   The team is expertly coached by 1SG George L. Williams. 

If there are any questions I might be able to answer, please feel free to contact me at 910-371-2261, Ext: 1129.  If I am out of the office please leave a voice message and I will return your call.

 Please join us on March 19 for the Parent's Association Meeting.  This will give you a chance to meet our team and become part of the Scorpion Battalion family. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.  If you have questions about upcoming activities please feel free to contact JROTC.

Biography for Col. Steven A. Baker

Colonel Steven A. Baker started his military career after being commissioned as an Engineer Officer in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Following initial training at Ft Belvoir, Virginia, he was assigned to a mechanized engineer battalion in Germany as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Operations Officer.  After supporting OPERATION DESERT STORM, he returned to CONUS for advanced schooling, and went on to command a line airborne engineer company and the Advanced Airborne School in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He was then chosen for a graduate program in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida, after which he served with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Resident Engineer in NJ, Macedonia, Kosovo and Greenland.

Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College he returned to the 82nd Airborne as the Assistant Division Engineer and Battalion Executive Officer where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2003.  After attending JCWS, he took over as the Chief of Tunnel Detection Operations for Joint Task Force-North and NORTHCOM.  He was then chosen to command the 508th Special Troops Battalion where he returned to the 82nd Airborne and Afghanistan and led combat operations in Paktia, Logar and Wardak Provinces as a Battle Space Owner for the 4th Brigade Combat Team.  Upon his return from Afghanistan in 2008, he took over as the Deputy Brigade Commander for the 20th Engineer Brigade (Airborne) until he was selected to assist in the standup of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in Kabul.  He served as the Director of the Combined Joint Operations Center for LTG David Rodriguez in the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He returned from Kabul in 2010 to attend the Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA where he graduated with honors in 2011. 

Prior to becoming the Senior Army Instructor at North Brunswick High School, he served as the US Army Special Operations Command, Command Engineer at Fort Bragg, NC planning and managing over $500M in construction.  Previous to that assignment, he commanded the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District for three years leading a mostly civilian team of specialists to successfully accomplish a diverse mission set including military construction, civil works projects, regulatory missions, and emergency response missions for state and federal customers.

His major awards include:  the Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (5), and the Army Achievement Medal.  He is also authorized to wear the Master Parachutist Badge, Army Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge and various foreign awards and decorations from the Czech Republic, Germany and Honduras. 

The Baltimore native is married to LTC (R ) Gwen E. (Zemaitis) Baker from Chicago who retired after serving as the Philadelphia Corps of Engineers District Commander.  She is currently the President of CDMSmith Federal Services LLC, an Engineering and Construction firm.  The couple has two children, Sean, 25, and Samantha, 20.