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West Point native, Army 1st Lt. named Hokie Hero

2:16 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

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WEST POINT – West Point native and active Army 1st Lt. Tracy Porter, Jr., has been named a Virginia Tech (VT) Hokie Hero.

VT announced on Monday, September 2, that Porter was selected as the Hokie Hero for the University of Alabama game in Atlanta, Ga.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program, which was started in 2006, honors Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni who are currently deployed.

Porter graduated from VT in 2010, where he earned a geography degree from the College of Natural Resources and Environment; Porter minored in leadership studies and geoscience.

He was a graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, a member of the regimental band the Highty-Tighties, and served as the regimental operations officer his senior year.

Porter is currently deployed for nine months to the Kandahar Province, of Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon Leader for the 766th EOD Company. His platoon removes explosive devices and other explosive hazards from the battlefield. While deployed, Porter's four EOD teams have destroyed over 28,000 pounds of enemy explosives.

According to a VT press release, Porter "sends his love to his wife Lindsey,…[and] says hello to his friends and family and his 'fellow 2010 Highty-Tighty buds'."

Porter's wife also graduated in 2010 with the VT Corps of Cadets and was a member of the Highty-Tighties. She earned a degree in sociology and minored in American Indian studies and leadership studies.

She also currently serves in the Air Force.