U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Toler, a 2004 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in agricultural technology with a concentration in agricultural business from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 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 alumni magazine.

Toler is a CH-47 Chinook pilot with the Virginia Army Reserves and currently deployed to Erbil, Iraq. He has seven years of Chinook experience as a qualified mechanic, with more than 700 hours as a flight engineer and more than 150 combat hours.