U.S. Navy Lt. Cassandra Quick, a 2015 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in leadership studies from the Corps’ Rice Center for Leader Development, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against NC State.

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.

Quick serves at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, and is deployed on the USS Nimitz in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Oman as a member of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73.

This is her first combat deployment flying the MH-60 Romeo in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom Sentinel.