U.S. Navy Lt. John Sapliway, a 2012 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in environmental science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Georgia Tech.

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.

Sapliway is currently stationed at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123, embarked aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

He is a naval intelligence officer for the E-2C Hawkeye Command and Control squadron that provides early warning, air defense control, and communications relay services for Navy aircraft and surface ships, as well as other U.S. and allied forces.

His squadron currently is deployed in support of air operations for Operation Inherent Resolve in the Arabian Gulf.

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

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