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Bravo Zulu Awards for December 10, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

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 Nathan Kerr Gomes is a senior and second-year cadet in Alpha Company.  He is a boarding student from Boca Raton, Florida, and plays football. Recently, Cadet Gomes has been assisting the Strength Coach with starting an Olympic weightlifting team. He has also been helping the younger cadets learn how to work out properly and safely. He has grown both personally and physically this year and continues to make great strides.  Bravo Zulu, Cadet Gomes!

Cadet Sergeant First Class Sebastian Quinteros is a senior and second-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Ft. Worth, Texas, and 3rd Platoon Sergeant. Cadet Quinteros continuously works not only to develop himself but seeks to improve others around him. He is a compassionate leader who is constantly dedicated to improving the welfare of other cadets. This week, he took initiative to assist a fellow cadet who misplaced their facemask by providing him with one of his extras. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Quinteros!

Cadet Private First Class Theophilus Aberra is an eighth grader and first-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Charlottesville, Virginia, and a member of the Reds Basketball team. Cadet Aberra was chosen to be on the AMSCUS Drill Team and will be competing to represent our Academy. He was also chosen to represent Charlie Company in the Cadet of the Term Board. His competitors were tough, but Cadet Aberra studied the questions, rehearsed, and flawlessly executed the Board’s questions, earning Cadet of the Term for Term 2. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Aberra! 

Cadet First Sergeant Hunter McDonnell is a sophomore and second-year cadet in Headquarters and Service Company. He is a boarding student from Texas, and recently led the Color Guard in a presentation off-campus for local veterans.  He was asked to speak about the school, our mission, and our cadets. His words were profound and his love for the school and Corps of Cadets was an example to all. Bravo Zulu, Cadet McDonnell! 

Mrs. Victoria Beaulieu did a wonderful job serving as an interim college placement advisor. She put in tremendous efforts to ensure a smooth transition for Mrs. Hill’s return after Thanksgiving break. Because of her hard work our seniors were able to continue working towards their post-FUMA goals and seeking to maintain our standard of 100% college acceptance.  Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Beaulieu!

Dr. James Benson recently presented an outstanding and comprehensive advisory presentation to our cadets, covering military service options. He also coordinated a campus visit by local recruiters from each branch of the military. As a result, interested cadets had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Bravo Zulu, Dr. Benson!

Mr. Tim Redden works hard to obtain grants and gifts for the Academy. Recently, he secured the donation of two vehicles for our maintenance team, courtesy of George Kayes, FUMA class of 1988 and the ABC TV affiliate in Lynchburg, VA. We appreciate his hard work and dedication. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Redden!

Mr. Michael Ray, SAGE Food Services Director, volunteered his personal time to help serve a special dinner to the PG football players to celebrate their undefeated season. He continuously goes above and beyond to ensure a wonderful dining experience. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Ray!


Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy









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