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 Braden Piersol is a junior and a first-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Henrico, Virginia. Cadet Piersol has continued to set the example as a squad leader. His attention to detail has not gone unnoticed, where he will soon be promoted Staff Sergeant. Not only is he doing well with his academics by receiving high grades in his classes, but he also constantly helps others clean their rooms to FUMA standards, as Cadet Piersol has one of the best rooms within his company. Cadet Piersol has received the lowest numbers of room infractions within the company. Specifically, he has received less than two infractions on a continual basis. His squad has had the fewest infractions this week, due to his leadership and supervision. Cadet Piersol continuously sets the standard, and helps his fellow Cadets obtain the standard. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Piersol!
Cadet Second Lieutenant Caleb Davis is a junior and a third-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a boarding student from Woodbridge, Virginia. Cadet Davis is an excellent leader and shows sophisticated skills, as well as staying on task. When leading he always simplifies his instructions, so that all cadets can clearly comprehend and understand their task and purpose. He is also the starting running back on the prep football team, who has scored multiple touchdowns leading to two team victories. Cadet Davis is as much of a leader inside the barracks as he is on the field. Specifically, he has assisted his platoon, where he strives for excellence. He has created one of the best platoons in Bravo Company, receiving the fewest infractions in room and personal appearance inspections. He always shows positivity in the classroom just as much as he shows it outside of the classroom. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Caleb Davis!
Cadet Private Jacobi Herron is in seventh grade and is a first-year cadet in Charlie Company. He is a boarding student from Bolivar, Tennessee. For a little more than a week, Cadet Herron has worked harder than any other cadet in the Company. He struggled to adjust to FUMA’s environment upon his first arrival, receiving over 30 demerits and numerous verbal and written counseling’s throughout Term-1. Through the continual corrections and his leadership holding him accountable for his actions, he finally realized what a great place Fork Union Military Academy is and has made a commendable recovery. His attitude, academics and performance are notable. Since the start of Term-2, he has been a positive contributor to his Platoon, and he gone over a week, without receiving any infractions. He is a true example of what hard work and perseverance can produce. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Herron!
MAJ Tripp Jones – Upper School and Middle School Science Instructor: MAJ Jones deserves recognition this week for his continued efforts in the Academy’s Math and Science Department. In addition to teaching Chemistry in the Upper School during Term 2, MAJ Jones is also teaching a term-long exploratory science seminar (Physical Science) to our seventh-grade cadets during his morning planning periods. Over the last week, MAJ Jones has done a great job with our youngest group of cadets, incorporating many labs and fun, hands-on activities as they explore the fundamentals of physics. MAJ Jones is a master of making learning fun for cadets of all ages, and that has been on full display this week.
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy