U.S. Army Maj. Nick Nelson, a 2008 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and minors in international studies and leadership studies, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Clemson.

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.

Nelson is stationed in Kosovo as a member of the 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, which is the U.S. contingent to the NATO-led peacekeeping force there. He is the unit’s liaison officer and travels between Kosovo and Germany. This is his fourth combat deployment.