U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Biederman, a 2006 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment and minors in political science and leadership studies, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Duke.

Biederman is on his fourth combat deployment, stationed at Erbil Air Base, Iraq, as commander of the 442nd Air Expeditionary Squadron.

The squadron supports Operation Inherent Resolve and provides aerial port and crash fire and rescue capabilities.