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 First Sergeant Tzu-Heng Hung is a senior and third-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Tainan City, Taiwan. Cadet Hung submitted a detailed assessment recommending several ways cadet life could be improved. He suggested incentives and creative ways to further encourage his fellow cadets. He stated that he has greatly benefited from his experience at FUMA and wanted to do his part to help FUMA continue in excellence in the decades to come. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Hung!
Cadet Captain William Girod is a junior and fourth-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Port Republic, MD. As Company Commander, Cadet Girod has gone above and beyond in his duties. During daily meetings, he implemented a new process to improve communication within the company. This process has resulted in improved cleanliness within the barracks as well as better communication regarding coverage for extra duty and guard duty. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Girod!
Cadet Sergeant Joseph Athey is a tenth grader and second-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Woodsboro, MD. When his Platoon Sergeant was assigned to other duties, Cadet Athey took the initiative to step into the position. He marched the platoon to morning colors, conducted inspections, and set the example. His room is always immaculate and serves as a model for his platoon. Cadet Athey’s initiative and commitment to excellence is a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Athey!
Mrs. Kelsey Hill, Director of College Placement & Academic Services, has done a phenomenal job coordinating various off-campus visits for our cadets as they continue to explore their post-FUMA options. Last week, she designed and personally led a visit for over 20 cadets to Randolph College (a trip funded by Randolph College). Future visits are scheduled for Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University in the first week of March. In addition to college visits, Mrs. Hill has also scheduled a shadow day next week at Luck Stone Corporation for our cadets exploring employment opportunities immediately after graduation. Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Hill!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy