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 Staff Sergeant Nicholas Coleman is a freshman and second-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Woodbridge, VA. Cadet Coleman took the initiative to ask to lead chapel. He worked hard to present an uplifting and Christ-honoring message. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, he has tirelessly served as a Cadet Chaplain to invest in the spiritual growth of his fellow cadets. His initiative, service and excellent presentation are a testament to his faith and character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Coleman!
Cadet Sergeant Sean Hurley is a sophomore and third-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a day student from Scottsville, VA. Cadet Hurley attended the Old Dominion Open Saturday with the Scale Modeler’s Club. It was a tough competition with over 25 modelers, and he won the Gold Medal for his Russian KV-1 tank. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Hurley!
Cadet Sergeant Alessandro Gaudio is a post-graduate and first-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from West Hartford, CT. At the 45th Military School Band Festival, Cadet Gaudio achieved first chair alto saxophone. He has made a significant contribution to the music program since he arrived in the fall. He plays in our Marching Band, Honors Band, and the Saxophone Quartet. Having attended both performances at the Governor’s Mansion this winter and supporting multiple sporting events on and off campus as part of the saxophone quartet, Cadet Gaudio has set the standard both in and out of the band room. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Gaudio!
Cadet Second Lieutenant Joaquin Yescas is a sophomore and third-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Miami, FL. Cadet Yescas achieved first chair mallet percussion at the 45th Military School Band Festival. He has been in the band learning multiple instruments throughout his time as a cadet. While his primary instrument is the “quints” in the marching band, he put those aside and worked tirelessly to prepare to audition on mallet percussion at the festival. His flexibility and willingness to play any instrument has set him a step above the other band students. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Yescas!
Cadet First Lieutenant Ousmane Dieng is a senior and sixth-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Germantown, MD. During the 45th Military School Band Festival, Cadet Dieng achieved first chair percussionist. He has tirelessly mentored our drumline here on campus to ensure they perform with excellence. At the festival, he worked with percussionists from the other schools to have them become an amazing percussion section in just two days. He organized parts and players for all of the auxiliary percussion instrumentalists to ensure each knew how to play their part and their instrument. In addition to the large amount of mentoring and teaching he did, he also scored the highest on auditions of any high school student present. Cadet Dieng has raised the standard for every musician here on campus and for those that met him at the Military School Band Festival. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Dieng!
Cadet Major Ethan Schroyer is a junior and third-year cadet in Battalion Staff. He is a boarding student from North East, MD. Cadet Schroyer won an Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) Leadership Award (Crystal Award), certificate, and $1,000. He was recognized at the annual conference this week. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Schroyer!
MAJ David Wallace, Instructor, is recognized this week for his hard work and dedication to our cadets both inside and outside of the classroom. While teaching a full-time schedule, MAJ Wallace is also in the full swing of rifle season and has coached the rifle team to several victories in the last few weeks. In addition, he has taken our Scale Modeler’s Club members to events over the weekends, where our cadets have performed well under his guidance—including an individual first place finish by cadet Sean Hurley at last weekend’s Old Dominion Open. Bravo Zulu, MAJ Wallace!
Coach Samson Miller, Dive Coach, provided substitute faculty coverage in the classroom and social center throughout the last several weeks. He was also named the VISAA Diving Coach of the Year last week. Coach Miller’s dedication to the Academy and its cadets is greatly appreciated! Bravo Zulu, Coach Miller!
Special Bravo Zulu to CPT Christopher Morgan and Cadets Daley Adams, Charlie Bost, Leland Edwards, Jackson Edwards, and Charles Moore who made personal professions of faith Sunday and were baptized in front of the Corps of Cadets, family, and friends during chapel service. God Bless and Bravo Zulu, CPT Morgan and Cadets Adams, Bost, L. Edwards, J. Edwards, and Moore!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy