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Military science sends faculty and students across the country and overseas

The department of military science sent students and faculty around the globe this summer to represent Austin Peay.

Dr. David Snyder, assistant professor of history, attended the Leaders Training Course (LTC), which is considered the Armys two-year entry point for college students entering ROTC, at Fort Knox, Ky.
The department of military science sent students and faculty around the globe this summer to represent Austin Peay.

Dr. David Snyder, assistant professor of history, attended the Leaders Training Course (LTC), which is considered the Army's two-year entry point for college students entering ROTC, at Fort Knox, Ky.

Snyder says, “As a military historian, I continually am cultivating relationships with the armed services. Last year, I spent three weeks at West Point for the Army's summer seminar in military history. In the future, I hope to attend ROTC advanced training.”

APSU juniors Barbie Blaylock, Albert Casillas and Julie Thompson also completed the training. Thompson received a two-year Army scholarship upon graduation.

Director of Admissions Scott McDonald attended Army ROTC's Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Wash. LDAC is the Army's opportunity to gather students from across the nation to evaluate and assess their leadership skills. It is the final test before they complete their senior year and receive a commission as an Army officer. McDonald participated in many events, including the Confidence Course's Slide-for-Life, rappelling and weapons training.

APSU graduated 11 students from the course this summer, and most finished above their peers from other schools. APSU's graduates were Tiffany Chapman, James Harrell, Magen McKeithen, Joshua Sisson, Anthony Aya, Sharone Green, Jennifer Gross, Marcus Leming, Michael Robertson, Meredith Valle and Jennifer White.

Nathan Ellis, an APSU junior, just returned from a cadet exchange program with the British Army. In addition to touring the country and learning about British culture, Ellis cross-trained in British weaponry and tactics.

In addition, APSU students Gregory Birch, a junior, and Thomas Rollins, a sophomore, graduated from Fort Campbell's Air Assault School. The challenging course teaches the proper techniques for rigging equipment for helicopter transport and rappelling.

APSU juniors Nathan Mayo and Kurtis Evick and senior Jennifer White completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga. These three students now are qualified to parachute from aircraft during day and night operations.

In an effort to assist in the war on terror and gain valuable skills, APSU senior Joshua Sisson and junior Justin Roman trained side-by-side with the elite Special Forces (SF). Sisson assumed the role as acting direct-action team leader in Fort Lewis, Wash., while Roman was part of the opposition force during Exercise Robin Sage in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Nursing student Jamie Garay was awarded a summer internship with the Army Nurse Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Garay, only one of a few nursing students chosen from ROTC programs across the country for this rare opportunity, gained valuable hands-on experience in an Army hospital.