Cadet Jenner Johnson, a sophomore in Army ROTC majoring in national security and foreign affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is the honorary flag cadet for Saturday’s football game at Louisville.

The recognition is part of a longstanding partnership between the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.

Three football players, chosen because of their performance in the last game or at practice, carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag and lead the team onto the field.

At home games, they deliver the flags to three first-year cadets at the south end of the field, also selected based on their performance in the corps. For away games this year, an upper-class cadet will be recognized as an honorary flag cadet.

Johnson, the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship, is being recognized for his ongoing work training first-year cadets as a fire team leader.

He is the non-commissioned officer in charge for the New River Battalion Service Organization, part of Army ROTC. Johnson said the tireless efforts from all the chain of command members brought success to a Hurricane Relief Ruck earlier this fall. Sponsors donated money for each mile Army cadets marched while carrying some 30 pounds in their backpacks that day. The team raised more than $5,000 for the Hurricane Laura Relief Fund of Team Rubicon.

He is the founder and commanding officer of Cadets for a Cause, a new community-service organization within the Corps of Cadets, and he leads a Navigators bible study for first-year cadets.

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