Corps alumni Col. Charles Roede and Capt. Nicholas Nelson named Hokie Heroes
December 1, 2015
Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of Col. Charles Roede's name.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 30, 2015 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Col. Charles Roede, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in chemistry from the College of Science and a minor in English from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1992 and Capt. Nicholas Nelson, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in history and a minor in international studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences as well as a minor in leadership studies from Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2008 were selected as the Hokie Heroes for the football game versus the University of Virginia.
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.
Roede has served in uniform for almost 24 years since his graduation from Virginia Tech. As a proud member of the Army's Field Artillery, he has served our nation throughout the U.S. and overseas in South Korea, Iraq, and currently in Afghanistan.
He is the CJ3 for the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, responsible for managing the over four billion in contributions to Afghanistan by the United States and other international donor nations.
Roede of Kinston, North Carolina, is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1991, and served in the Corps of Cadets for five years. During his time in the corps, he was a member of the Skipper Crew, was active in Ranger Company in Army ROTC, and on the Cadet Honor Court where he served as Chief Justice his senior year.
He says he sends his very best to his family in El Paso, Texas, and to his Class of '91 and '92 buddies throughout the Hokie Nation.
Nelson has served over seven years as an Infantry Officer and is currently on his third deployment to Sinai, Egypt, as the Headquarters Troop Commander of 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment. His unit is serving as part of the Multinational Force and Observers in support of the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel.
Nelson is from Ashburn, Virginia, and is member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2008. As a senior, he served as the Regimental Historian and the Echo Company Executive Officer. He is currently serving as the 2008 Corps of Cadets Class Champion.
He says he sends his love to his wife, Megan, son, Brayden, and daughter, Natalie. He also sends his regards to all his E-Frat brothers and sisters, past and present.