APSU’s ROTC program will join other installments nation-wide this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of ROTC.

Assistant Professor of Military Science and Capt. Joshua Peeples said he was excited because this string of events unites the community.

“Bringing the community together to experience this is going to be special,” Peeples said. “This will really give an inside look of what a day in the life of a cadet is like.”

Peeples said this event in particular will be a great way for younger people to celebrate ROTC and gain more knowledge of what it entails.

“After eight and a half years in the army, it is very rewarding to be able to come back and teach cadets skills and witness them learning and growing,” Peeples said. “I highly encourage everyone to come out and celebrate with us.”

There will be events every day next week starting on Monday, April 18.

On Monday, ROTC will participate in the Manna Cafe service project. Cadets, APSU students, faculty and staff will join together to help the Manna Cafe prepare for future events to help those in need.

APSU faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in the APSU obstacle course on Tuesday, April 19.

Participants will learn to employ a field-expedient technique to bridge hazardous obstacles to gain experience in cadet training.

On Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 a.m., students, faculty and staff will gather at the Memorial Health building for the cadet-led physical training session and flag raising demonstration.

The APSU community is invited to the annual Cadet Award Ceremony, 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 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 participants to connect via social media, to view locations worldwide and appreciate the scope and magnitude of this event.

For information on 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.