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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni Deanna Fisher, George Mallory named Hokie Heroes


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 30, 2009 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni Lt. Deanna Fisher, United States Navy, who earned degrees in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and psychology from the College of Science in 2005; and Capt. George Mallory, United States Army, who earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2005 have been selected as the Hokie Heroes for the Virginia Tech versus Virginia football game. Fisher and Mallory are at times located together in Iraq.

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.

Fisher is currently based out of Camp Buehring, Kuwait, but travels around the region as a member of Joint Crew Composite Squadron One, United States Navy. She is currently serving as an instructor teaching Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare to soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Fisher is originally from Adelaide, Australia, and this is her third deployment. It is also her first deployment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Fisher is a Class of 2005 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Highty-Tighties, the corps Regimental Band.

Mallory is currently stationed at Camp Victory, Iraq, as a member of Task Force 1st Medical Brigade, United States Army. He is currently the Brigade Public Affairs Officer, providing oversight and information to all medical assets in the Iraqi Theatre of Operation. Mallory is from Brook Park, Ohio, and this is his second combat deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mallory is also a Class of 2005 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and was the Cadet Member at Large for the Class of 2005. He says he would like to send his love to his wife Kim and his son Nathan in Roanoke, Va.

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

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Lt. Cmdr. Todd Mills, United States Navy, 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, United States Air Force, who received a degree in mathematics from the College of Science in 2006;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Adam Keene, United States Air Force, who received a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources in 2006;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Mark Sherkey, United States Army, who received a degree in finance from the Pamplin College of Business in 1995;
  • 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;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Timothy Dillera, United States Air Force, who received a degree in chemistry from the College of Science in 2003;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Patrick Hogeboom, United States Army, who received a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering in 1994;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Jordan Martinelli, United States Army, who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2007; and
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 2nd Lt. Thomas Lenz, United States Army, who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2008.