BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 3, 2010 – For a number of years, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has partnered with the Virginia Tech football team to highlight the Colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.
Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to three freshman cadets at home games and one or two upper-class cadets at away games that are waiting for them on the south goal line. The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field.
The first cadet to perform this duty for the 2010-11 football season, who will travel with the team to the Boise State game, will be Cadet 1st Sgt. Jarrod Wilson of Huntingtown, Md., a junior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Enrolled in Naval ROTC, he is the first sergeant in Hotel Company and was selected for this honor as the top performing cadre member during the cadre and new cadet training weeks, where he excelled in preparing and then training freshman cadets. There are 32 freshmen in Hotel Company that he is responsible for, part of the over 350 member freshman class that entered training on Aug. 14.
Wilson was recommended by his Company Commander, Cadet Maj. Patrick Beaudoin of Yorktown, Va., a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Beaudoin stated, “Cadet 1st Sgt. Wilson demonstrated leadership above and beyond expectations during New Cadet Week. He led his cadre staff and freshmen by example showing tenacity, enthusiasm, and an outstanding work ethic. His attention to detail, patience, and communication skills were instrumental in the smooth functioning of training and his flexibility was crucial and appreciated when our executive officer had to have unexpected surgery and was unable to provide oversight in the first few days of training. His service and effort are exemplary and in keeping with the finest spirit of The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the university’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).”
Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. The program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.