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 Benjamin Burtram is a junior and first-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from MeBane, NC. Cadet Burtram has served as an exceptional cadet all year long in both his company and Cadet Chaplain roles. Recently, he has shown great initiative as a prayer leader and volunteered to speak at chapel. He has also recently taken on more responsibilities within his company’s leadership and has blossomed into a good leader. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Burtram!
Cadet Private Yonas Wilcox is a senior and third-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Charlottesville, VA. Cadet Wilcox demonstrated leadership during drill this week. While not holding rank or position, he took charge and helped train all our new cadets in rifle manual. He took time with each cadet to offer encouragement and instruction. His initiative and commitment to his fellow cadets are a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Wilcox!
Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Emanuel Teklu is a junior and second-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from McLean, VA. Cadet Teklu asked to give a message to his fellow cadets at chapel. He creatively recruited fellow cadets to read scripture and used object lessons and videos to present an uplifting and Christ-honoring message. His initiative and excellent presentation are a testament to his faith and character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Teklu!
CAPT Mark Black, Instructor, has worked diligently with the Advancement, English, Library, and College Placement offices to spearhead a project that will enable FUMA cadets to compete for a scholarship by writing an essay on a transformational event in United States History. In addition to these efforts, he has also volunteered his time outside of the classroom to drive our Prep Basketball team to an away game this week. CAPT Black’s dedication to FUMA and our cadets is always on display. Bravo Zulu, CAPT Black!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy