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Cadet Promotions Announced by Commandant in Special Order #30

Date: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018

COL Houston Eldridge, the Commandant of Cadets at Fork Union Military Academy, has announced new promotions for students within the Corps of Cadets at the boys college prep boarding school located in Fork Union, Virginia.

Cadet Forrest Balko has been promoted to serve as Laundry NCO in Charlie Company with a rank of Sergeant. Cadet Balko, a freshman, is the son of Jeanette Balko of Williamsburg, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2017 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet George Fleming has been promoted to serve as Laundry NCO in Charlie Company with a rank of Sergeant. Cadet Fleming, a sophomore, is the son of Ashley Fleming and grandson of George and Laureen Gennin of Madison, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Duc Kien Nguyen has been promoted to serve as a Assistant Provost in Echo Company with a rank of Master Sergeant. Cadet Nguyen, a junior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Thuan Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a junior.

 

Cadet Michael Sandusky-Valverde has been promoted to serve as Laundry NCO in Charlie Company with a rank of Sergeant. Cadet Sandusky-Valverde, a freshman, is the son of Stephen Sandusky of Volcán de Buenos Aires, Costa Rica. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2018 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Fork Union Military Academy's student body is organized as a Cadet Corps led by cadet officers who serve as members of the battalion staff, as company commanders, platoon leaders, and in other leadership roles. A cadet who shows responsibility, consistent good conduct, and leadership potential can earn rank—first within his company, and perhaps later at the battalion level. Cadet officers lead their platoons and companies under the direct adult supervision of the Commandant and the members of his staff, known as Tactical Officers. These cadet officers learn valuable lessons about responsibility, the use of authority, discrection, and leading by example. In other schools, young people might gain status based on their popularity, athletic ability, or the clique they hang out with. At Fork Union Military Academy, rank is earned based on true merit and achievement. Fork Union Military Academy offers unique opportunities for young men to develop valuable leadership skills that will be used throughout their lives.

Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a college preparatory military boarding school for young men in Grades 7 through 12 and postgraduates. Affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and open to those of all religious denominations, Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.

 

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