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Bravo Zulu Awards for October 22, 2021

Friday, October 22, 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 Sergeant George Gurney is a sophomore and a second-year cadet in Alpha Company.  He is a day student from Sandston, Virginia.  With the change in weather to much cooler mornings and evenings, Cadet Gurney noticed one of his fellow cadets who misplaced his fleece jacket.  He took it upon himself to give up his own personal fleece jacket to keep this cadet warm and avoid any negative impact to his health.  Bravo Zulu, Cadet Gurney!

Cadet Staff Sergeant Austin Storm is a senior and a third-year cadet in Bravo Company.  He is a boarding student from Frederick, Maryland and Bravo Company's Head Supply Sergeant.  Cadet Storm makes sure everyone is in the right place at the right time and has what they need.  This week, Cadet Storm oversaw the laundry process for Bravo Company, exchanging over 100 sheets and 50 pillowcases, ensuring that every cadet in his company was adequately outfitted.  Bravo Zulu, Cadet Austin Storm!

Cadet Corporal Thomas Brown is a freshman and first-year cadet in Charlie Company.  He is a boarding student from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland and has set a positive example by assisting other cadets since he has arrived.  His efforts and influence have earned him a recent promotion to Team Leader, which is a billet that holds the rank of Corporal.  He has made a significant impact on other cadets here at Fork Union.  Bravo Zulu, Cadet Brown!

Cadet Private Aidan Burgess is a senior and second-year cadet in Headquarters and Service Company.  Cadet Burgess conducted the newly reformed Fork Union Military Academy Band in four separate performances over the last week including an ensemble who performed for the Board of Trustees, playing a John Philip Sousa march, and parade on campus for parents, alumni, and the Board of Trustees.  His leadership and musicianship make him an invaluable member of the band and the Corps of Cadets.  Bravo Zulu, Cadet Burgess!

MAJ Gary Leydig, Admissions Counselor, has completely reinvigorated the Cadet Tour Guide Program.  He comes to the Admissions Office, enthusiastic and always eager to meet and greet prospective FUMA families.  He also took charge in sprucing up the front of Hatcher Hall, organizing a group of cadets to pull weeds and freshen the mulch, just in time for Parent's Weekend.  Thank you, MAJ Leydig for your love of FUMA and for your love of spreading the FUMA message.  Bravo Zulu, MAJ Leydig!

Mrs. Kayla Jones is the Registrar, Chair of the Fine Arts Department, and Art Teacher.  She is recognized for her successful execution of planning and preparation of our Founder’s Day and Parent’s Weekend events.  The open house, art show, and club presentations were made possible because of her hard work and vision.  Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Jones!  


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









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