Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Travis Ireson, U.S. Air Force who earned a degree in sociology and a minor 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 2006 was selected as the Hokie Hero for the football game versus Western Michigan.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program was started in 2006 by IMG College, 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.

Ireson is currently on his third deployment in Afghanistan. For the previous two deployments he served as an EC-130H Compass Call Mission Crew Commander and he now serves as a MQ-1B Predator pilot with the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. His squadron flies remotely piloted aircraft and provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance as well as strike capabilities for defending troops in combat throughout Afghanistan.

Ireson is from Wise County, Va., and is a 2006 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Air Force ROTC, and is a brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He send his love to his daughter, wife, and parents.