BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 5, 2010 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st. Lt Nicholas Williams, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2008 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus Georgia Tech 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.
Williams is currently stationed at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Afghanistan, and is a Class of 2008 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. He is from Poquoson, Va., and is currently serving as a rifle platoon leader during his first combat deployment.
Williams says he would like to dedicate this recognition to the families of 1st. Lt Eric Yates, Staff Sgt. Jaime Newman, and Spc. Pedro Maldanado, true heroes that recently gave their lives for our country. He says he sends his love, hugs, and kisses to his wife Kelly, a shout out to the 757, and his love to his family and thanks for all the support.
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.
Below are the previous Hokie Heroes from the 2010-11 season.