Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Lt.Col. Tom Whitlock, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment and a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1995, has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus Arkansas State University game.

The Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program started in 2006 by IMG College and sponsored by the University Bookstore, honors Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni who are currently deployed. Recipients of this honor are highlighted by Bill Roth and Mike Burnop during the radio broadcast of Virginia Tech football games, on the Corps of Cadets website, on the Corps of Cadets alumni website, and in the Corps Review magazine.

Whitlock is currently stationed at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the director of communications at the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, which conducts civic operations in support of the Rule of Law. He is from Fredericksburg, Va., and this is his third combat deployment. He says he would like to send his love to his wife Christi; their children Connor and Ashleigh; and all their family from Virginia and Oklahoma.

Whitlock is a Class of 1995 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. When he came to Virginia Tech in his freshman year, the Corps of Cadets had just over 400 cadets. This year, the regiment started the year with 949 cadets, the largest corps in 42 years.

Below are the previous Hokie Heroes from the 2011-2012 season.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 2nd Lt. Mark Walczyk, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in political science and a minor in English from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2010 and
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna 2nd Lt. Tavia (Cawley) Carlson, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2009.