BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 24, 2011 – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Toguchi, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2010 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus Boston College game.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program started in 2006 by IMG College 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 of Cadets website, on the Corps of Cadets alumni website, and in the Corps Review magazine.
Toguchi is currently stationed at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, as a military intelligence officer in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army. She is from Yorktown, Va., and this is her first combat deployment. Toguchi is a Class of 2010 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and was the Army Battalion Commander her senior year as well as a member of India Company.
Toguchi says she wants to say hello to her younger brother Cadet Thomas Toguchi of Yorktown, Va., a freshman majoring in university studies who is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship and is a member of the Army ROTC program. She says she also wants to send her love to her family in Virginia and her older brother, Robert, who is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., as an Armor officer.
Toguchi is a good example of the women who achieve great things during their cadet careers and after. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets opened its doors to women in 1973, three years before the federal service academies.
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 2011-12 season.