PG Football Cadets,
Thank you for being part of the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA).
As you finish the term and prepare to depart after over 100 straight days of education, development and inspiration in a military-styled, college preparatory, boys only, Christian academy, you should do so with a sense of accomplishment and pride. No class since 1898 has done as much as you under such conditions as COVID-19. Whether you were awarded a college scholarship yet or not, we’ll be praying for you and here to help if you need us.
We are proud of you. You are now FUMA for Life!
Today we took the pass and review from the Corps of Cadets where they honored you. For a 7th grader to walk by a PG and get to say “hello” or “good game” and for you to respond with kindness and mutual respect is something that they’ll always remember, because they respect you. You are role models and although you will have to start over at college as a freshman...do so by bringing forward the good things you learned at FUMA (even when no one is watching). Make your bed, keep your room and clothes clean, treat everyone with dignity and respect, say good morning to the person cleaning your dorm, the person up preparing your breakfast. Say thank you to your professors, the trainers, managers, coaches and those who do things for you. Greet people with a smile—it’s the best first impression. Learn and say people’s names...a person’s name to them is the best word in the world. Control your language and listen four times more than you speak. Remember what FUMA taught you.
You earned our respect and honor. You are a FUMA Man. Keep your honor clean.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy