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Fall is always a busy time on the Upper Quad, and 2016 brought a lot of excitement and some special guests who shared their experiences with cadets. Traditions — such as the Fall Caldwell March, a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium, and Veterans Day observances — remain a strong part of the Corps experience. 

The first-year cadets make the first half of the Caldwell March on Oct. 1 to end their Red Phase training. The second half of the march is scheduled for April 15.

First-year cadets march in formation on a rural road.
The first-year cadets make the first half of the Caldwell March on Oct. 1 to end their Red Phase training. The second half of the march is scheduled for April 15.

From left, documentary filmmakers Neal Schrodetzki and Ethan Morse, both U.S. Army veterans who were stationed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and alumnus Lt. Col. Brad Lawing ’92 spoke with the regiment and showed a portion of the “The Unknowns” documentary during the Oct. 6 Corps Lab.

From left, documentary filmmakers Neal Schrodetzki and Ethan Morse and alumnus Lt. Col. Brad Lawing
From left, documentary filmmakers Neal Schrodetzki and Ethan Morse, both U.S. Army veterans who were stationed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and alumnus Lt. Col. Brad Lawing ’92 spoke with the regiment and showed a portion of the “The Unknowns” documentary during the Oct. 6 Corps Lab.

Growley II and his team of cadet handlers pose for a picture with Irving Peddrew, Virginia Tech’s first black student, at a tailgate party at the Holtzman Alumni Center before the Oct. 20 football game against Miami.

Growley and cadets pose for a picture with Irving Peddrew, at center.
Growley II and his team of cadet handlers pose for a picture with Irving Peddrew, Virginia Tech’s rst black student, at a tailgate party at the Holtzman Alumni Center before the Oct. 20 football game against Miami.

Mel Borleis ’64 and his wife enjoy a moment at the College of Science tailgate before the Oct. 20 Miami game.

Mel Borleis and his wife
Mel Borleis ’64 and his wife, Sharon, enjoy a moment at the College of Science tailgate before the Oct. 20 Miami game.
Cadets salute in the South End Zone of Lane Stadium.
Cadets salute while the National Anthem is played during the Thursday night football game against Miami on Oct. 20. The Hokies won, 37-16.

The Corps welcomed senior leaders and cadets from the six senior military colleges to Virginia Tech for their Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States’ annual conference on Oct. 23-25. Here, the attendees pose for a picture outside Pearson Hall.

Conference attendees pose for a group photo in front of Pearson Hall.
The Corps welcomes senior leaders and cadets from the six senior military colleges to Virginia Tech for their Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States’ annual conference on Oct. 23-25. Here, the attendees pose for a picture outside Pearson Hall.

Cadets spend time with veterans in Roanoke, Virginia, before the Virginia Veterans Parade on Nov. 5.

Two cadets talk with a veteran.
Cadets spend time with veterans in Roanoke, Virginia, before the Virginia Veterans Parade on Nov. 5.

A company marches past the reviewing stand at the Virginia Veterans Parade through downtown Roanoke, Virginia.

A company marches past the reviewing stand at the Virginia Veterans Parade.
A company marches past the reviewing stand at the Virginia Veterans Parade through downtown Roanoke, Virginia.

The Corps hosted the university’s Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. The event started in War Memorial Chapel with Col. Kevin Milton, who oversees the Army ROTC program, as the guest speaker. Afterward, Milton, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Pylons.

 Col. Kevin Milton, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pylons.
The Corps hosts the university’s Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. The event starts in War Memorial Chapel with Col. Kevin Milton, who oversees the Army ROTC program, as the guest speaker. Afterward, Milton, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Pylons.

The runners take off from the start line of the Corps’ Veterans 5K event Nov. 13 on the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course. The event raises money for The Mission Continues, which challenges veterans to find new missions after leaving the military.

Runners take off from the start line of the Corps’ Veterans 5K event on the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course.
The runners take off from the start line of the Corps’ Veterans 5K event Nov. 13 on the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course. The event raises money for The Mission Continues, which challenges veterans to find new missions after leaving the military.

From left, Justin Firaben ’10, Corey Morrell ’14, and Andi Stone ’14 talk about their experiences after graduation with VPI Batallion cadets on Nov 29. Firaben is a strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte, Morrell is an officer with the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department, and Stone owns Agora Downtown Coffee Shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

From left, Justin Firaben, Corey Morrell, and Andi Stone talk with cadets.
From left, Justin Firaben ’10, Corey Morrell ’14, and Andi Stone ’14 talk about their experiences after graduation with VPI Battalion cadets on Nov 29. Firaben is a strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte, Morrell is an officer with the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department, and Stone owns Agora Downtown Coffee Shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Cadet Brooke Edwards ’17, at left, and Jason Ridinger of Northwest Mutual in Roanoke, a member of the Citizen-Leader Track Advisory Board, participate in a mock job interview during the VPI Batallion’s JobEx career-training event.

Cadet Brooke Edwards, at left, and Jason Ridinger of Northwest Mutual participate in a mock job interview
Cadet Brooke Edwards ’17, at left, and Jason Ridinger of Northwest Mutual in Roanoke, a member of the Rice Center Board of Advisors, participate in a mock job interview during the VPI Battalion’s JobEx career-training event.

Author Gary Williams of the Freedoms Foundation talks with cadets about the history of the Medal of Honor and its recipients through the years during the Nov. 3 Corps Lab.

Author Gary Williams talks with cadets in Burruss Auditorium.
Author Gary Williams of the Freedoms Foundation talks with cadets about the history of the Medal of Honor and its recipients through the years during the Nov. 3 Corps Lab.