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 Private Isaiah Stewart is a junior and first-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Columbus, OH. Cadet Stewart made multiple three-point shots in junior prep basketball’s victory over North Cross. The disciplined work ethic that led to this great performance was an inspiration to fellow cadets and helped lead FUMA to their first win of the year. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Stewart!
Cadet Private Isac Toure is a junior and first-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Midlothian, VA. Cadet Toure is a leader on the junior prep basketball team. He took control of the team from start to finish in their game against North Cross. He set the tone during warmups, started the game by calling out plays, and had a great individual performance. Cadet Toure’s leadership was impressive and inspired his fellow cadets and teammates to victory. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Toure!
Cadet Sergeant Jimmy Sa Said is a freshman and second-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Mexico City, Mexico. Cadet Sa Said is an outstanding soccer player but decided to try wrestling this winter. In FUMA’s latest meet held at Hargrave Academy, Cadet Sa Said wrestled in two matches and won both. This helped our FUMA Team take First Place overall. His discipline and determination are an inspiration to his fellow cadets and teammates. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Sa Said!
Cadet Corporal Philippe Lianavwa is a tenth grader and first-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cadet Lianavwa has earned the role of 2nd Platoon guidon bearer. He has risen in the ranks very quickly and seeks further personal and professional growth by volunteering to work with the younger cadets. Cadet Lianavwa’s willingness to assist others, reliability, patience, and personal accountability is a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Lianwavwa!
Mrs. Kelsey Hill and Dr. James Benson, College Placement & Academic Services, are recognized for their hard work and superb results in achieving 100% college acceptance of our cadets in early December. Many young men received options for scholarships and military service through service academies, ROTC programs, enlistments, and specialized technical schools. Mr. Hill and Dr. Benson’s focus, patience, and sage counsel for our cadets towards career and college admissions is top-notch. Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Hill and Dr. Benson!
CSM Catherine Garcia, Art Instructor and Director of the Academy’s Art program, has done a wonderful job transforming the former Art seminar into a more comprehensive One-Subject Plan course by incorporating art history, hands-on work, and productive field trips into the curriculum. To accompany and diversify the art history component of the curriculum, CSM Garcia has incorporated several field trips to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and one to the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Bravo Zulu, CSM Garcia!
Mr. Jose Rodriguez, Admissions Coordinator, recently supported his team by creating flyers and materials promoting both admissions and fundraising efforts, including our 125 for the 125th campaign. His creative talents are appreciated. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Rodriguez!
LTC Alex Grant, Special Projects, has been volunteering to cover the Social Center in addition to working on special projects around campus so our cadets can enjoy their free time. Bravo Zulu, LTC Grant!
Mr. Tommy Martin, Landscaper, has joined our team and immediately assisted with grounds work. He has done a great job and his hard work, initiative, and safety is appreciated. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Martin!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy