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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna named Austin Peay game Hokie Hero

September 10, 2012

Standing in front of the VT flag is Capt. Kim French, U.S. Air Force, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2005 while on deployment in Afghanistan
Standing in front is Capt. Kim French, U.S. Air Force, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2005.

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumna Capt. Kim French, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies 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 2005 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Austin Peay 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.

French is currently finishing up a deployment in the Middle East and should be arriving home any day.  She has been serving as a joint task force analyst at the detention facility in the Parwan province, Afghanistan, where she has been working to ensure the successful handover of control to Afghanistan. She is from Chesapeake, Va., and this is her third combat deployment.

French is a Class of 2005 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and during her senior year served on regimental staff as the Honor Court Chair. She is an example of the women who achieve great things during their cadet careers and beyond. In addition to her service as an Air Force officer, French has returned to Blacksburg numerous times to serve the current cadets. She spoke on the fall 2008 Gunfighter Panel and twice has returned to take part in the Women of the VTCC annual event when alumnae spend the day mentoring the current female cadets in the corps.

Below is the previous Hokie Hero from the 2012-13 season.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. Randy Coggin, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in economics from the College of Science, and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2009

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