Cadet Hunter Tettelbach will receive the flags at the Hokies’ season opener against Florida State.

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, chosen because of their performance in the last game or at practice, carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They deliver them to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets, also selected based on their performance during training, render honor to the flags and then 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. 

Tettelbach, a junior in Naval ROTC majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was chosen for his enthusiasm while training first-year cadets during New Cadet Week.

Cadet Brett Smith, a senior in Air Force ROTC majoring in physics, who commands the corps’ Golf Company, where Tettelbach is a staff sergeant, said Tettelbach is driven and full of energy.

He “always maintains an optimistic attitude throughout the day and especially when in the face of adversity. He is an outstanding model cadet in and out of the classroom and in his military training activities,” Smith said. “The United States Navy and the American people will be extremely fortunate the day Ensign Tettelbach enters the fleet.”