Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, October 30th, four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will land on the Austin Peay State University (APSU) campus for a special, joint training exercise between the University’s Governors Guard ROTC program and the Tennessee National Guard.
The helicopters are scheduled to land on the Dunn Center lawn around 8:00am, and APSU cadets will spend the next few hours conducting loading and off-loading training.
At 8:00am on Friday, November 1st, the four Black Hawk helicopters will return to campus the Dunn lawn to transport APSU cadets to their Fall 2019 field exercises.
A similar training took place in September 2019, when three Tennessee National Guard helicopters transported Austin Peay State University’s ROTC cadets to Milan, Tennessee. The University’s Governors Guard program is one of the best in the nation, placing eighth among ROTC programs last year at the Sandhurst global military skills competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
The program has also won an unprecedented seven MacArthur Awards over the years. That award, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognizes the top eight programs in the country each year. The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the command’s National Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.
Recently, the Governors Guard sent three cadets to the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell Kentucky, two cadets to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Cadet Summer Training, two cadets to Army Airborne School in Georgia, a cadet to Army Mountain Warfare School in Vermont and one cadet to the U.S. Army’s Jungle Warfare School in Hawaii.