BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 5, 2009 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni Capt. Tim Fong, United States Army, who received a degree in economics from the College of Science in 2005 and Capt. Mike Martinez, United States Army, who received a degree in chemistry from the College of Science in 2004, have been selected as the Hokie Heroes for the Virginia Tech versus Duke football game.
The corps Hokie Hero program started in 2006 by ISP Sports and sponsored by the University Bookstore, honors Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni who are currently deployed. Recipients of this honor are highlighted by Bill Roth and Mike Burnop during the radio broadcast of Virginia Tech football games, on the corps website, on the corps alumni website and in the Corps Review magazine.
Fong and Martinez are both stationed at Camp Taji in Iraq. Fong is the assistant brigade intelligence officer for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army. Fong is from Fairfax, Va., and this is his second deployment to Iraq. He is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and says he would like to send his love to his family and his girlfriend, Sandy.
Martinez is a member of Military Transition Team, United States Army. He is serving as the Operations Advisor to the 37th Brigade of the 9th Division of the Iraqi Army. He is from San Antonio, Texas, and is on his second combat deployment. Martinez is a member of the Class of 2004 of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.