Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Sean Heatherman, U.S. Air Force who earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering as well as a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2011 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Maryland 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.

Heatherman is currently stationed at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as a pilot in the Fourth Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. He is from Yorktown, Va., and this is his first combat deployment. 

Heatherman is a Class of 2010 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets where he served as the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Team his senior year as well as a platoon leader in Kilo Battery. He was also an active member of the Color Guard and the Regimental Band, the Highty-Tighties.

He says he sends his love to his mother, Emma Heatherman, as well as the rest of his family. He would also like to thank everyone who has ever served in the U.S. armed forces.