BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 10, 2012 – 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.
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 is the previous Hokie Hero from the 2012-13 season.