Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Col. Geoff Stewart, U.S. Army who earned a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1992 was named the Hokie Hero for Saturday's football game versus Duke University.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program 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.

Stewart has served for more than 22 years as a military policeman in multiple locations overseas including Bosnia, South Korea, Germany, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. 

Stewart's current 12-month deployment is in Kabul as a member of the International Security Assistance Force. He is serving as a Senior Police Advisor to the Afghan National Police within the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs. Stewart and his team work every day to train, advise, and assist their Afghan counterparts. This work is important, as the National Police of Afghanistan are critical contributors to peace and security for the Afghan people.

Stewart is from Raleigh, N.C., and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1992. As a senior, he served as the commander of Golf Company. He was also a member of both Ranger Company and Gregory Guard.

He sends his love to his wife, the former Michele Pitt, who is also a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1992 and proud Highty-Tighty alumna who earned her degree in forestry and wildlife from the College of Natural Resources and Environment. He also sends regards to all his buds and the Hokie Nation.

Editor's note: Virginia Tech News incorrectly reported that 1st Lt. John Long, U.S. Army and Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2011, was the Hokie Hero for the Duke game. Long is a Hokie Hero, and will be so honored during a game later this season.