Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. John Kilareski, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in management from the Pamplin College of Business and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 1997 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Marshall 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 and in the Corps Review magazine.

Kilareski is currently stationed at Air Forces Forward, Operations Division in Southwest Asia. He is from Woodbridge, Va., and this is his 11th combat deployment. Kilareski is a Class of 1997 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and served as the Drum Major of the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties, during his senior year.  

Kilareski says he would like to send his love to his wife Carrie, his son Matt, and his daughter Sarah who were able to attend the game to celebrate both Corps Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day.  

Carrie Kilareski is a graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Class of 1999, and earned a degree in mathematics from the College of Science as well as a minor in leadership studies from Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development.

Below are the previous Hokie Heroes from the 2013 season.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Tracy Porter, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment as well as minors in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and geosciences from the College of Science in 2010,
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Andrew Smithey, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in aerospace and ocean engineering from the College of Engineering well as a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2007 and
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Matthew Smith, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in political science 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 2011