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 Gabriel Keener is a freshman and first-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Raleigh, NC. Cadet Keener took great initiative this last week and was observed by a staff member collecting and disposing of garbage bags of trash left lying around at the dumpster in order to help beautify the campus. His action is an example of character, which is one of our core values. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Keener!
Cadet Matthew Spence is a senior and first-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Columbia, SC. In the process of building FUMA’s community image, Cadet Spence took it upon himself to pass out candy to children on the sidelines at the Fork Union Day Parade. Kindness is an admirable trait in a FUMA cadet. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Spence!
Cadet Nico Brown is a freshman and third-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Stamford, CT. Cadet Brown has excelled as a leader, continually making improvements to help new cadets learn FUMA regulations and was recently promoted to the rank of Platoon Sergeant of 1st Platoon. He consistently goes above and beyond to assist cadets with meeting and exceeding battalion standards. His discipline demonstrates one of our core values. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Brown!
Prep Soccer Team stopped for dinner after a game and was informed it was spirit night for a local high school, and if the cadets would mention the school when ordering, it would assist them in raising financial support for their band. As a result of our cadets’ participation, the school earned nearly $500 for their band program. Coach Kendall received an email from the parent that informed the cadets of this opportunity, and she commended the team on their poise, respect, and generosity. The team exhibited respect, which is one of our core values. Bravo Zulu, Prep Soccer Team!
Marching Band participated in the annual Fork Union Day Parade this past weekend. They did an outstanding job representing the Academy and demonstrating their pride and community belonging. Bravo Zulu, Marching Band!
COL Winston Brown, Cross Country and Track Coach, flawlessly coordinated his 26th annual cross-country invitational this past weekend with 48 schools participating. Bravo Zulu, COL Brown!
Ms. Rhonda White planned and coordinated a wonderful College Fair event this week. Cadets in grades 11-PG were able to visit with representatives from 45 colleges. Bravo Zulu, Ms. White!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy