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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna named Boston College game Hokie Hero

October 24, 2011

2nd Lt. Ashleigh Toguchi, U.S. Army, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2010 shown in Iraq
2nd Lt. Ashleigh Toguchi, U.S. Army, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2010

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.

Below are the previous Hokie Heroes from the 2011-12 season.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 2nd Lt. Mark Walczyk, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in political science and a minor in English 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,
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna 2nd Lt. Tavia (Cawley) Carlson, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2009,
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Lt.Col. Tom Whitlock, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment and a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1995,
  • Capt. Dan Forney, U.S. Navy, Professor of Naval Science and Commander of the Naval ROTC unit at Virginia Tech,
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Ed Skelly, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in industrial and systems engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in economics from the College of Science in 1995,
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Nate Kane, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in marketing management from the Pamplin College of Business and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Josh Snyder, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 1998

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