Every Friday the Fork Union Military Faculty and Staff meet to nominate a few who have exceeded the standards and demonstrated superlative performance. Whilst we have various awards and recognitions - a simple "Well Done!" we hope, is also appreciated. The combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags, i.e., Bravo Zulu, also referred to as "BZ," is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done" with regard to actions, operations or performance.
The following are the Bravo Zulu awards for this week:
Cadet Captain Matthew Vinso is a senior and second-year cadet on the Corps Battalion Staff. He is a boarding student from Stafford, VA. Over the past two weeks, Cadet Vinso volunteered his support at our Social Center to assist with special events. This shows great credit on his part and his genuine Mission First view over his personal time. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Vinso!
Cadet Corporal Nic Willis is a tenth grader and first-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Ellicott City, MD. Cadet Willis showed advanced leadership initiative to meet with each new leader in the company to ensure they knew their responsibilities and were equipped to carry them out. Additionally, he assisted in conducting companywide room inspections to ensure excellent rooms prior to Christmas break. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Willis!
Cadet Sergeant Jackson Sereno is a ninth grader and second-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Haymarket, VA. Cadet Sereno took it upon himself to clean the cadet areas of the dining facility by himself. He cleaned all three serving bars, wiped down all the tables from every company, placed all the chairs on the tables, and swept the area. He personally ensured that the dining facility looked amazing. His selflessness and pride in maintaining the excellence of the Fork Union facilities is a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Sereno!
Cadet Staff Sergeant Selah Houston is a ninth grader and second-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Troy, MI. Cadet Houston stepped up to cover a fellow cadet’s role as Platoon Sergeant in his absence. Cadet Houston’s honesty and well-mannered demeaner helped to ensure his success in this position. Further, he went above and beyond to identify shortfalls within the platoon and worked hard to correct them. His leadership is a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Houston!
Captain Michael Head, Social Studies Instructor & Head Debate Coach, has led the revitalization of the FUMA Debate program. Captain Head has entered the debate team in various independent meets across the state, allowing our cadets the opportunity to compete in the Student Congress and Lincoln-Douglas events. Last weekend, Captain Head—who lead FUMA to two Student Congress state championships in 2016 and 2017—helped coach the debate team to an impressive performance at the University of Lynchburg, where several cadets placed in the top five of their respective categories. Captain Head and his team are recognized for their hard work and dedication. Bravo Zulu, Captain Head!
Cadet Ethan Schroyer, Ms. Regina Delman, Mr. Jose Rodriguez, Mrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe, and Ms. Liz Zito, volunteered their time to plan a Christmas gathering in the Social Center for our cadets last weekend. Cadet Schroyer led the effort, and the staff graciously assisted to ensure our young men were able to celebrate together before Christmas break. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Schroyer, Ms. Delman, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Montero-Sharpe, and Ms. Zito!
COL John Shuman, Athletic Director, has served FUMA for many years and this is his last full week as AD before entering a new role in our Development Department. We are thankful for his work ethic and the expertise he brought to the position. On 7 December, COL Shuman received the 2022 Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Ray Tate Lifetime Achievement award. We are excited to see the value he will bring in his new role. Bravo Zulu, COL Shuman!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy