U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Brian Chapman, a 2000 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Duke.

The Hokie Hero program honors corps alumni who are deployed. Recipients are highlighted by Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop during their radio broadcast of Hokie football games, on the Corps of Cadets website, and in the Corps Review magazine.

Chapman is the executive officer for the Coast Guard cutter Diligence, homeported in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is his fourth afloat assignment. He ensures the 52-year-old ship and her 76 crew members are “always ready” to perform search and rescue, counter drug patrols, migrant interdiction operations, and other law enforcement missions.

Chapman and the Diligence are at sea about 185 days a year and recently returned from a successful counter drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

To nominate a deployed alumnus as a Hokie Hero, email Patsy Hosner.

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