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 Private Benjamin Burtram is a junior and a first-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Mebane, NC. Cadet Burtram took the initiative to clean common areas without being asked to. He has done extremely well in PT, drill, and appearance in uniform. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Burtram!
Cadet Sergeant First Class Emerson Smith is a junior and a first-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Stowe, VT. Cadet Smith attended summer school in which he showed maturity and eagerness to be a leader. He attended Cadet Leadership Training while attending football camp and was promoted to platoon sergeant after completion. He has excelled in his position, helping guide new and returning cadets. Cadet Smith is a true leader for the cadets to look up to and is an example of the great things that can be accomplished here at FUMA with hard work and dedication. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Smith!
Cadet Captain Jacob Clodfelter is a junior and a third-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Mickleton, NJ. Cadet Captain Clodfelter earned a place on the Battalion Staff as the Training Officer for the Corps of Cadets. He is responsible for developing and implementing the overall military training for the Corps of Cadets. He identifies individual and Company training needs through observation and provides feedback to those Commanders to support them with materials or instruction as needed. Cadet Clodfelter hit the ground running during or Leadership Course and the following week our first-year cadets arrived. During that time, he taught classes and provided the Battalion Commander with results of the Corp’s strengths and weakness and recommendations for improvement. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Clodfelter!
Cadet Sergeant Roman Molina is a sophomore and second-year cadet in H&S Company. He is a boarding student from Butler, PA. Cadet Molina earned the title of Squad Leader in 1st Platoon. He is reliable, proactive, accountable, and demonstrates great patience. He has established and maintained a positive leadership style with his squad members who are performing superbly in their first week. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Molina!
Scheduling Team – Over the last several weeks, Kelsey Hill, James Benson, Jen Schnelle, and Liz Patrick have worked countless hours poring over transcripts, phoning and emailing parents and former school counselors, and scheduling placement tests to ensure that all of our 300-plus cadets are placed in the right courses for the 2022-2023 academic year. Bravo Zulu, Scheduling Team!
Admissions Team – Thank you Mrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe, MAJ Gary Leydig, MAJ Mark Shuman, and Mr. Jose Rodriguez, for exceeding admissions goals this year welcoming 308 cadets for the start of the academic year. Bravo Zulu, Admissions Team!
Mr. Peter Schoebel and the SAGE Dining Team have done an amazing job with food services including special events for the Board of Trustees Executive Committee meetings this week on campus. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Schoebel and the SAGE Dining Team!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy