U.S. Army Sgt. Alexander Unkle, a 2016 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Miami.

Saturday was also Military Appreciation Day in Lane Stadium.

Unkle is deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as a member of 797th Ordnance Company. He is an explosive ordnance disposal technician, providing support to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

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.