BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 7, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is proud to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., who will conduct a military flyover with a MH-65D Dolphin during the National Anthem prior to the Virginia Tech versus Miami football game on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The flyover is expected barring weather or operational factors. Scheduled as crew on the aircraft are the Aircraft Commander Lt. Charles Clark, U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1995 who earned a degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1999; Lt. Jay Kircher, U.S. Coast Guard, whose brother Jeff is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1994 and earned a degree in psychology from the College of Science; Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Lewis, U.S. Coast Guard; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Huckins, U.S. Coast Guard.
Prior to the flyover, the unit will conduct orientation sessions for cadets interested in pursuing a career in the Coast Guard. The MH-65D will be at the Virginia Tech airport on Saturday and all are welcome to come see the helicopter. Following the flyover, the crew will join the Corps of Cadets in Lane Stadium and will also be introduced during the game.
The primary function of the MH-65D is all weather, short range recovery including the missions of search and rescue, law enforcement, national defense, and homeland security.
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.