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Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets alumnus Brian Alberts named Hokie Hero


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 6, 2009 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 2nd Lt. Brian Alberts, United States Army, who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2008 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus East Carolina University 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.

Alberts is currently stationed at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, as a member of the 98th Maintenance Company, United States Army, and is currently serving as a platoon leader and provides critical maintenance support for units in and around Kandahar. He is from Stafford, Va., and this is his first combat deployment. Alberts is a Class of 2008 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and was the regimental operations officer during his senior year as well as a member of the Highty-Tighties, the regimental band. He says he would like to send love to his parents Richard and Susan, and his sister Melissa.

The cadets of VPI Company, the Civilian Track program in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, have been collecting items during October to send care packages to Alberts and members of his unit. This initiative was spearheaded by Cadet Peter Mowery of Chantilly, Va., a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business who is serving as a platoon leader in VPI Company and is an Emerging Leader Scholarship and Commandant's Scholarship recipient.

Read about previous Hokie Heroes from the 2009-10 season.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Lt. Cmdr. Todd Mills, who received a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1996;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Christopher Horsfall, who received a degree in mathematics from the College of Science in 2006;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Adam Keene, who received a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources in 2006;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Mark Sherkey, who received a degree in finance from the Pamplin College of Business in 1995;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni Capt. Tim Fong, who received a degree in economics from the College of Science in 2005 and Capt. Mike Martinez, who received a degree in chemistry from the College of Science in 2004;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Timothy Dillera, who received a degree in chemistry from the College of Science in 2003;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Patrick Hogeboom, who received a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering in 1994; and
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Tom Strassberger, United States Air Force, who received a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1995.