Five International Students Spend Thanksgiving at FUMA

Five International Students remained on campus for the Thanksgiving Holiday; Yidan Nie, Junje Wang, Bin Bin Chen, Fei Teng, and Xiang Gu.

On the 17th of November I took the cadets to Luray Caverns where we were greeted by a 1976 FUMA Alum, and we toured the Luray Vintage Auto Museum followed by an overindulgence of chow at the Wood Grill Buffet in Charlottesville. The cadets finished off the day of activities shopping in Gordonsville.

On November 18th the cadets slept-in until approximately 1000 then we were off to the Williamsburg Outlet Mall. The cadets enjoyed the sights, sounds, and shopping and it appeared many were not waiting for Black Friday. As I exited a store I observed an elderly gentleman chatting with the cadets and in jest I asked were these young men in trouble? He stated “not at all”, as he went on to mention that he was a “1945” FUMA Alum and he was admiring their travel athletic attire which was not available “back in the day”. After we departed the outlet we could not pass up the opportunity to once again overindulge at Captain George’s Seafood Buffet. After many, many plates of crab legs we headed back to FUMA with a shopping pit stop at Wal-Mart. 

On Monday, November 19, my stint was over and CPT SIdwell took over. CPT Sidwell didn’t slow down as he visited cinemas, Sushi Buffets, and trips to Richmond. In the midst of it all there was plenty of time for internet activity, video games, television, and kicking back in their rooms. The athletic center was also available.

The cadet’s spirits were high and appreciation is extended to all who stepped-up and offered to have them share a Thanksgiving Dinner at their home. The cadets opted for a tremendous Thai buffet style meal Mrs. Yupa Sidwell, (wife of Command Sergeant Major Sidwell), prepared and delivered to the Commandant’s Department.

These cadets displayed exemplary behavior throughout the holiday.  Needless to say their anticipation for traveling home on Christmas leave is in the stratosphere.   

Sharing part of the Thanksgiving Holiday with them was a pleasure.

Alvin Williamson

To view photos from their Holiday stay, click here