U.S. Army Maj. Tom Bortner, a 2006 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment and a minor in leadership studies, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s homecoming game against Pittsburgh.

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 alumni magazine.

Bortner is currently serving in Egypt as a part of the Brightstar 21 multilateral exercise. He is deployed as a member of the Task Force Spartan, 29th Infantry Division, where he is the theater security cooperation chief in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

This is his fourth deployment.

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