U.S. Navy Lt. Javan Rasnake, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in forestry in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and minors in leadership studies from the Rice Center for Leader Development and Russian in 2009, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Pittsburgh.

The Hokie Hero program honors corps alumni who are deployed. Recipients are highlighted by Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop during their radio broadcast of Hokie football games, on the Corps of Cadets website, and in the Corps Review magazine.

Rasnake is currently serving as the public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. He and his team work to ensure the American public is informed of operations on the base and to direct positive communications between the base and the local community.