Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Bryan Spear, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in biological sciences from the College of Science and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2009 was selected as the Hokie Hero for the football game held Monday night versus Ohio State 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 Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop during the radio broadcast of Virginia Tech football games, on the Corps of Cadets website, and in the Corps Review magazine.

Spear is on his second deployment to Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, with the 101st Airborne Division. He is the company commander of a Medical Treatment Facility responsible for providing trauma care to coalition and partner forces in the eastern-most part of Afghanistan.

Spear is from Chantilly, Virginia, and is a Class of 2009 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. While in the Corps, he was a member of both Ranger Company in Army ROTC and the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties. He was also a proud member of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad.

Spear would like to send a shout-out to his 2009 buddies, the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, and also thank the Hokie Nation for continuously supporting military personnel who have served and are currently serving overseas. Most importantly he would like to thank his wife, Audie Spear, for always standing by his side.