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ROTC cadet receives top honor, Bronze Cross


APSU ROTC Cadet Sean Hunt (left) receives the prestigious Bronze Cross of Achievement from Col. Anthony Dill, deputy commander for the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, during a brief ceremony held Aug. 30 at APSU. (photo by Josh Vaughn, photographer with APSU student newspaper, The All State)

On the second day of the Fall 2012 semester at Austin Peay State University, ROTC Cadet Sean Hunt thought he was in trouble when he was called into the ROTC office.

“I wondered if I had done something wrong,” said Hunt, a former 5th Special Forces Group soldier who is a senior chemistry major.

Then his command told him the good news.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, Col. Anthony Dill, deputy commander for the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, presented Hunt with the prestigious Legion of Valor Association's Bronze Cross of Achievement.

Hunt becomes APSU’s second cadet to receive one of the country’s highest honors. In 2009, former Cadet Shamai Larsen, now a lieutenant, was the University’s first recipient.

The Bronze Cross is being given only to eight cadets in the nation out of 6,000 from 273 schools in the Class of 2013 for overall excellence in Army ROTC, including academics, ROTC performance and extracurricular activities.

The award presentation was made during the program’s weekly lab class.

“If you are in doubt of where you need to be, this is where you need to be,” Lt. Col. Robert Gordon, professor and chair of APSU’s military science and leadership program, said to the cadets as he pointed to Hunt.

Hunt is a member of the Army's Green-to-Gold program, meaning he entered APSU from an active duty-enlisted military career to earn the college diploma he needs to become an Army officer.

His wife, Jericho, and his two children attended the brief award ceremony.

The Legion of Valor Association is made up of the recipients of the nation's two highest combat awards — the Medal of Honor and the Army's Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross. The association's Bronze Cross of Achievement is one of the highest honors an Army ROTC cadet can achieve. - Dr. Melony Shemberger