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First all-female ROTC Color Guard team presents colors at APSU game

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University ROTC Color Guard teams are a common sight at the University’s athletic events, with the well-disciplined cadets presenting the American and Tennessee State flags before the games. But during an APSU women’s basketball game on Nov. 14, fans noticed something different—all four cadets on the team were women.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University ROTC Color Guard teams are a common sight at the University’s athletic events, with the well-disciplined cadets presenting the American and Tennessee State flags before the games. But during an APSU women’s basketball game on Nov. 14, fans noticed something different—all four cadets on the team were women.

            The night turned out to be a historic evening for the University’s ROTC program because it marked the first time an all-female team presented the Colors at APSU. The team’s members were Nicole Eldridge, of Clarksville; Mary Rush, of Phoenix, Arizona; Lethi Nickel of Sacramento, California; and Jennifer Card, of Clarksville.

              All four cadets are part of an ROTC program that is considered one of the best programs in the nation. For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science and Leadership at 931-221-6156.