The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue their proud partnership to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.

Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field. At home games three first-year cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

The cadet selected for this honor at the East Carolina University game is Cadet Matthew Oermann of Fredericksburg, Virginia, a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business from India Company in Third Battalion. He is a member of Army ROTC.

Oermann was nominated for excelling as the morale officer for his company this semester. He organized the welcome event for the new sophomores in the unit as well as brining a few new initiatives to the company to keep cadets engaged and motivated.

Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. The program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team.