Austin Peay State University
Built in 1939, the Clarksville National Guard Armory served many functions for the community. It was eventually acquired by Austin Peay State University. It served as the home of the ROTC program from 1971 until it was demolished in 2005.

The old Armory building, 1939-2005, was a Clarksville landmark..

Built in 1939, the Clarksville National Guard Armory served many functions for the community. It was eventually acquired by Austin Peay State University. It served as the home of the ROTC program from 1971 until it was demolished in 2005.

The beginnings or ROTC at APSU.

On 28 January 1971, Department of the Army General Order Number 4 established the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Austin Peay State University. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between APSU and the Army ROTC Program.

From one home to another:

From 1971 until its destruction in 2005, the old Clarksville National Guard Armory served as the home of the APSU Army ROTC Program. The Armory was built in 1939 of classic massive concrete armory architecture. It served the community in a number of roles through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Many, many Clarksville residences have vivid memories of their times at the armory as a launching point for their deploying to World War II or the Korean War. On a happier note, many remember the many dances at the armory and meeting their spouses there for the first time. The armory building became a gymnasium in 1953 and was used for sports, physical education, games, and assemblies. The building was eventually acquired by Austin Peay State University and became the home for the APSU Army ROTC program and the APSU Women's Rifle Team. APSU Army ROTC’s new home is the Memorial Health Building.

The 100th Graduate.

The program grew quickly under the guidance of dedicated cadre members and motivated cadets. Only 8 years after the program’s founding, Second Lieutenant Herb Rodriquez became the 100th graduate of the APSU Army ROTC program. Retired Major Herb Rodriguez served as an Aviation Officer. He was a pilot in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 with Task Force Ranger. The battle is now depicted in the film “Black Hawk Down".

530 and counting...

The program has grown steadily over the years. We currently have a mission of producing 14 Lieutenants per year. To date, 530 cadets have graduated from the APSU Army ROTC program to become Officers in the United States Army.