Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Josh Snyder, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1998 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus Wake Forest 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.

Snyder is currently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, as a member of a brigade combat team with the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army, where he serves with four other Hokies. He is from Carlisle, Pa., and this is his fourth combat deployment.

Snyder is a Class of 1998 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and currently is assigned as the Assistant Brigade Fire Support Officer. He says he would like to send his sincere thanks to his wife Tisha and son Joseph for their continued love and support, as well as all of the members of the Hokie Nation that support our men and women in harm's way. 

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets commissions 80 percent of its graduating seniors into the armed forces each year. This is the highest commissioning graduation rate of all of the senior military colleges and in some cases doubles the percentage of schools such as Texas A&M and The Citadel. Virginia Tech cadets come to the university to prepare themselves for service to our nation. The Hokie Hero program demonstrates the outstanding results of this emphasis on service and leader development gained through the Corps of Cadets.

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