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APSU police sergeant named assistant chief

The Austin Peay State University Department of Public Safety appointed Charles Struckel the new assistant director on Dec. 1. Struckel was promoted after serving as police sergeant and head of APSUs crime prevention unit for three years.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Public Safety appointed Charles Struckel the new assistant director on Dec. 1. Struckel was promoted after serving as police sergeant and head of APSU's crime prevention unit for three years.

His new duties will include assisting the director in managing the day-to-day operations of the department, supervising two shift sergeants and one lieutenant, coordinating/conducting criminal investigations, serving as firearms training officer and maintaining preventive maintenance and operation status of the public safety vehicle fleet, on-board cameras and other key equipment.

Before coming to APSU, Struckel served as a police officer within the Law Enforcement Unit of the Federal Reserve System for several months. His duties included counter-terrorism and law enforcement intelligence management and conducting protective services and security for all bank executives and administrators.

Struckel also served as platoon leader, executive officer and company commander for the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault at Fort Campbell, Ky., from 2002-04. He commanded 68 soldiers in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Struckel also was a recruiting officer for the U.S. Army ROTC program at the University of Tampa in Florida from 2001-02. During this time, he helped mentor and develop future Army officers and provide briefings to college faculty on Army life and opportunities.

From 1996-99, Struckel served as squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Infantry Division. He was responsible for a nine-man combat, airborne and engineer team. During this time Struckel also became a certified ammunition handler and weapons primary marksmanship instructor.

He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1991-96, as team leader of the II and IV Marine Air Wing. His duties included the training of five Marines, serving as hand-to-hand combat instructor and training in urban warfare, civil disturbance and riot control.

For more information, contact Chief Lantz Biles, director of public safety, by telephone at (931) 221-7786 or by e-mail at police@apsu.edu. -- Jessica Baird