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 Lance Gowans is a senior and second-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a day student from Palmyra, VA. Cadet Gowans volunteered to come in on the weekend to assist FUMA staff with parking and concessions during the Gus Lacy Track Classic. His initiative and pride are appreciated. Cadet Gowans signed to play baseball for Mary Baldwin College this week as well. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Gowans!
Cadet Kendall Coard is a senior and fourth-year cadet on Battalion Staff. He is a boarding student from Southampton, NY. Cadet Coard was recently accepted into the Naval Academy Preparatory School. While preparing his packet for the Naval School with the Fluvanna Sheriff’s Department, Officer Stewart was so impressed with Cadet Coard’s etiquette and professionalism that he called the Commandant’s Department to inform FUMA of the outstanding impression he made upon the Sheriff’s Department. As a result of c/CPT Coard’s impressive career here at Fork Union, and his faithful support to LTC Moss, he has been promoted to the rank of c/Major. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Coard!
Cadet Dalton Davis is a senior and third-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Leland, NC.
Cadet Seth Groelz is a junior and second-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Granite Bay, CA.
Cadet Nasir Shabazz-Scott is an eighth grader and first-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from York, PA.
Cadet Nicholas Willis is a sophomore and first-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Ellicott City, MD.
These young men worked hard this week preparing each flag for all 50 states on Fraley Circle for Alumni Weekend. They take each state’s flag to heart and coordinate the careful installation and removal with great care and respect. Fraley Circle will once again be beautiful because of their commitment. Bravo Zulu, Cadets Davis, Groelz, Shabazz-Scott, and Willis!
Cadet Lucian Brucker is a junior and second-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Vienna, VA. Cadet Brucker has been going above and beyond his normal duties to stimulate leadership and to boost morale in his platoon and company. As platoon sergeant, he has created incentivized competitions, which has aided his platoon to be more productive. In addition, he took the time to interview each cadet in his platoon and create a leadership profile and development plan for his platoon’s growth. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Brucker!
Mrs. Kelsey Hill, Director of College Placement and Academic Services, Hill has worked tirelessly to make the annual Decision/College T-shirt day (May 1) a memorable day for our Seniors in the Class of 2023. Mrs. Hill planned several events for the seniors, including a photo booth in the dining hall, along will several activities throughout the day. She achieved 100% college applications and acceptances for 100 cadets, seniors and Post Graduates this year. Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Hill!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy