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 Sergeant First Class John Cottey is a junior and second-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Austin, TX. Cadet Cottey was instrumental in planning and executing a promotion ceremony for several of his fellow cadets. His disciplined execution of this ceremony with precision and excellence instilled a sense of pride in his fellow cadets. His leadership presence within the company inspires those under his command to excel. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Cottey!
Cadet Private Seth Groelz is an eleventh grader and second-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Granite Bay, CA. Cadet Groelz took initiative to carefully store the ceremonial flags in Flag Hall on Friday. The pride he takes in selflessly completing tasks that often go unrecognized is a testament to his character. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Groelz!
Cadet Staff Sergeant Val Kelestyn is a freshman and second-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Miami, FL. Over Parent’s Day weekend, Cadet Kelestyn was one of only a few NCO’s/Officers on campus. In addition to fulfilling his company duties, he proactively assisted the other companies with accountability, activities, and coordinated a guard duty schedule to shorten the shift times. This type of initiative demonstrates his care for fellow cadets and our Academy. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Kelestyn!
Cadet Private Tugsbilguun Sodbaatar is a senior and second-year cadet in HSC. He is a boarding student from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Recognizing a need for coverage last weekend, Cadet Sodbaatar stepped in to fill leadership voids without being asked. Cadet Sodbaatar’s initiative and desire to actively seek ways to improve his platoon and company serves as an example for his fellow cadets. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Sodbaatar!
Mrs. Kelsey Hill, Director of College Placement & Academic Services, coordinated a direct admissions event here on campus with a representative from Randolph College. As a result of the event, 7 seniors received on-the-spot acceptances to Randolph College. Mrs. Hill’s hard work and dedication to our seniors is greatly appreciated. Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Hill!
Ms. Rhonda White, Coordinator of Assessments & Student Records, is recognized for her successful execution of planning and preparation of our Parent’s Day events. The open house, club and vendor presentations were made possible because of her hard work and vision. Bravo Zulu, Ms. White!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy