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APSU ROTC to hold week-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Army ROTC programs

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Army ROTC programs in the nation. To commemorate the program’s centennial anniversary, Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program is celebrating with a week of events demonstrating its cadets’ commitment to the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

The following events will be held in celebration of ROTC’s 100th anniversary:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Army ROTC programs in the nation. To commemorate the program’s centennial anniversary, Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program is celebrating with a week of events demonstrating its cadets’ commitment to the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

The following events will be held in celebration of ROTC’s 100th anniversary:

On April 18, cadets and APSU student, faculty and staff volunteers will demonstrate the Army Value of selfless service by helping the Manna Café staff at their warehouse to prepare for upcoming events. Their work will help further the Manna Café’s mission of serving the less fortunate within the Clarksville community.

Volunteers and cadets can sign up to work one of three, two-hour shifts (9:30 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m.). For information on how to sign up to serve, contact Captain Joshua Peeples at peeplesj@apsu.edu, or 931-221-1262.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m. on April 19, APSU faculty, staff and students will have the chance to live the Army Value of personal courage as they traverse the APSU obstacle course, located directly across Marion Street from Governors Stadium on the University campus. Participants will learn to employ a field-expedient technique to bridge hazardous obstacles such as streams or rivers where the force of flowing water is too great, or temperatures too cold, to conduct a wet crossing.

On April 20 at 6:30 a.m. at the Memorial Health Building on APSU’s Clarksville campus, APSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a cadet-led physical training session and flag raising demonstration that displays the Army Values of loyalty and duty. The cadet in charge will lead participants through different strenuous physical events before returning to the Memorial Health Building for a demonstration on how to properly raise the American flag. Upon completion of the flag raising demonstration, a light breakfast will be served inside the Memorial Health Building for participants.

You must register to participate in the training session and flag demonstration. To register, contact Captain Joshua Peeples at peeplesj@apsu.edu, or 931-221-1262 by April 19.

APSU faculty and staff are invited to the annual Cadet Award Ceremony, held on April 21 at 2:20 p.m. in the Morgan University Center Ballroom C. A group of 27 cadets who have exemplified the Army Values of duty, integrity and honor will be presented with awards for exceptional performance in academics, fitness and merit during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

            The week’s festivities will conclude on April 23 with the 100th anniversary JROTC 5k Fun Run, held at 11 a.m. at Rossview High School. The Army Values of selfless service and duty will be highlighted as high school students across the globe will run, walk or march at their school’s track or nearby running course. The goal is to have a simultaneous start-time in order to allow the participants to connect via social media and to be able to view locations worldwide in order to truly appreciate the scope and magnitude of this event.

All APSU Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to attend the run, and the event fee is $24 and includes a 100th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt. To register for the run, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/jrotcfunrun

For information on any of the events, contact APSU ROTC Captain Joshua Peeples at peeplesj@apsu.edu, or call 931-221-1262. For more information on APSU’s ROTC program, visit www.apsu.edu/rotc.