APSU Army ROTC Program: A 50-year Timeline
(Posted Sept. 9, 2021)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Austin Peay’s award-winning Army ROTC program. Here’s a look at some of the program’s milestones that occurred over the last five decades.
- Jan. 28, 1971 – Army General Order Number 4 authorizes Army ROTC at APSU.
- September 1971 – Army ROTC classes begin at APSU.
- Jan. 25, 1973 – Michael Worsham is the first APSU cadet commissioned as an Army officer.
- March 14, 1975 – Remo Butler (Class of 1975) is commissioned. He will become APSU’s first general officer and the first black Special Forces officer to make brigadier general in June 2000.
- June 3, 1977 – Former cadet Ronald Bailey graduates. He joins the U.S. Marines and retires as a lieutenant general.
- Aug. 2, 1979 – Herbert Rodriguez is the 100thcadet commissioned.
- November 1988 – Lance Richardson (’89) is named the top Army ROTC cadet in the nation.
- November 1990 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its first MacArthur Award.
- November 1991 - APSU Army ROTC program earns its second MacArthur Award.
- Dec. 12, 1985 – 1st Lt. Kip Stevens (’84) is among the 248 soldiers killed in the Gander, Newfoundland, plane crash after a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.
- Dec. 4, 1987 – Paul Bontrager is commissioned. He will be promoted to brigadier general in August 2014.
- November 1997 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its third MacArthur Award.
- November 2001 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its fourth MacArthur Award.
- Oct. 6, 2003 – 2nd Lt. Richard Torres (’02) is killed in action in Iraq. He is the only APSU Army ROTC killed in combat.
- November 2008 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its fifth MacArthur Award.
- November 2014 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its sixth MacArthur Award.
- November 2015 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its seventh MacArthur Award.
- June 2016 – Maj. Greg Mabry (’04) is inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame at Fort Knox.
- November 2019 – APSU Army ROTC program earns its eighth MacArthur Award.
- May 7, 2021 – Katherine Alba is the program’s 800thcadet commissioned as an Army officer.
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