Chinook helicopters land at APSU for ROTC training
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Friday morning, March 25, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters – the massive, 26,800-pound helicopters with two rotor blades – landed on the Austin Peay State University campus. The helicopters, part of the 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), were there to air lift APSU’s Governors Guard ROTC cadets to Fort Campbell for the ROTC program’s spring exercise. University of Memphis Army ROTC cadets were also on hand to be part of the airlift and participate in the exercise.
The helicopters landed on the Dunn Center lawn around 7:50 a.m., with about 55 APSU cadets and 25 Memphis cadets marching into the back of the Chinooks. The helicopters conducted two separate lifts to carry all the cadets.
The battalion commander of the unit flying, Lt. Col. Robert Harless, was a 2002 APSU graduate who earned his commission in through APSU’s Army ROTC program. Harless flew one of the two helicopters that morning.
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