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A-State ROTC celebrates 80 years

ROTC annual formal inspection (AFI), about 1965, at the drill field where the Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences Building now stands. (Source: Arkansas State University) ROTC annual formal inspection (AFI), about 1965, at the drill field where the Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences Building now stands. (Source: Arkansas State University)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas State University is celebrating a major milestone this week.

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Red Wolf Battalion was established 80 years ago on Jan. 20, 1936.

Lt. Col. Mike Fellure, professor of military science, said plans are underway for an anniversary reunion this fall for alumni, families and supporters.

“We hope to have graduates from every year attend with their families,” Fellure said in a news release from A-State.

A Medal of Honor winner, six major generals, five brigadier generals, five Distinguished Service Crosses, a U.S. ambassador, an Arkansas governor, five state senators, three state representatives, two all-pro football players, a National Football League coach, an Olympic medal winner, Silver Star recipient are among those who were members of the A-State ROTC.

Many also paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A-State’s ROTC program began as a mandatory basic course for all male students.

In 1971, the mandatory feature was discontinued and women were allowed to participate.

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