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 Sergeant First Class Nilson Avila-Herrera is a third-year cadet and second Platoon Sergeant in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Alexandria, Virginia. Cadet Avila-Herrera inspires his peers, and is a leader in the barracks, classroom, and in the judo room. This week, he participated in the individual drill competition and outperformed his components during the knock-out segment of the competition, which displays his knowledge, discipline, and endurance. Cadet Avila-Herrera is the captain and leader of our judo team. He plans to attend The University of Lynchburg in the fall. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Avila-Herrera!
Cadet Sergeant Isaiah Lewis is a third-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a day student from Palmyra, Virginia. Cadet Lewis is the Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge (NCOIC) of all Bravo Company day students. His dedication to increasing his leadership knowledge is apparent as he is found assisting the training staff when he is not overseeing Bravo Company day students. Cadet Lewis is a member of the prep baseball team and has secured a position on next year’s team with the University of West Virginia. Off campus, Cadet Lewis volunteers his limited free time as a volunteer fire fighter with the Kents Store Fire Department. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Lewis!
Cadet Captain V’Jon Hampton is a third-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Providence Forge, Virginia. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and designated the Charlie Company Commander late in the second term of this academic year. Cadet Hampton rose to the challenges of leading a Middle School company and has excelled. He seamlessly directed and led the cadets under his charge, supporting his junior officers, and continuously set the example for others to emulate. His success as a leader will most certainly carry over into next year as he plans to return to Fork Union Military Academy as a post graduate football team member. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Hampton!
Cadet Sergeant Alexander Wills is a first-year cadet in Honor Company (Retan Rifles). He is a boarding student from Ashland, Virginia. This week, he was awarded the title of Best Drill Cadet in the Corps for the 2020-2021 academic year. He competed in a challenging competition among 10 other cadets. His knowledge, perseverance, and discipline were evident during the competition. Cadet Wills also enjoys shooting air rifles and endeavors to get accepted to a Senior Military College or Academy and commissioned as an officer in the United States Military. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Wills!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy