Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Ed Skelly, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in industrial and systems engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in economics from the College of Science in 1995 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus Clemson University game.

The Virginia Tech 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.

Skelly is currently stationed at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a plans officer in a Combined Joint Interagency Task Force, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He lives at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and this is his second combat deployment.

Skelly is a Class of 1995 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and was the regimental operations officer during his senior year. He says he would like to send his love to his wife Eileen, their four children, and his mom and dad in Lake Ridge, Va.

Below are the previous Hokie Heroes from the 2011-12 season.