Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Amir Abu-Akeel, U.S. Army, who earned a degree in aerospace 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 2006 has been selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech versus University of North Carolina 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.

Abu-Akeel is commander of the 788th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company currently located in several Middle Eastern countries. He is from Centreville, Va., and this is his second combat deployment. Abu-Akeel is a Class of 2006 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, where he was the Kilo Battery Commander his senior year. 

While on his first combat deployment in Iraq, Abu-Akeel was a panel member in the first remote Gunfighter Panel held by the Corps of Cadets during the spring of 2010. He says he wants to give a shout out to the Corps of Cadets and the faculty and staff of the aerospace and ocean engineering department.

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

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