FORK UNION, VA – Fork Union Military Academy’s Commandant of Cadets LTC Tony Moss promoted three well-deserving cadets in a special ceremony in front of their peers Friday morning at Commandant’s Call in the Wicker Chapel.
“I was thrilled to promote c/COL Grant DeMorro, c/ MAJ Kendall Coard and c/CPT Matthew Moore,” said LTC Moss. “They have worked hard and served well at FUMA, and it all pays off in the long run. Rising in the ranks is a clear acknowledgment of their leadership skills, dedication, and determination. We’re so proud of the work they have done to earn this honor and look forward to the great things they will achieve on their journey to the next chapter of their life. I'm incredibly proud of these young men. Well-deserved!”
Senior Matthew Moore was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Captain. The Alexandria, Virginia native is in his sixth year at the Academy and has led our band to extraordinary levels as the Drum Major. Moore is the son of Danielle Stossier. The band is looking forward to competing at the Apple Blossom Festival this weekend.
Senior Kendall Coard was promoted from Captain to Major. The Southampton, New York native has showed great leadership all year round, assisting the Commandant daily on operational tasks. Coard is the son of June Martinez-Coard and Kenneth Coard and is in his fourth year at the Academy.
Senior and Battalion Commander Grant DeMorro was promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel, a promotion that has not happened at the Academy for over five years for a Battalion Commander. The Palmyra, Virginia native has been very proactive and engaged in developing cadets as the top-ranked officer this year. DeMorro is the son of Tina and John DeMorro and is in his sixth year at the Academy. His mother, Tina, had the privilege of pinning DeMorro at the ceremony.