Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–October 2, 2020

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Stories in this issue:

  • A Message to Parents from Colonel Coggins
  • Founders Day is October 15th
  • Cadets assist with roadside cleanup
  • Planning for Thanksgiving Leave
  • Activities Update from Amy Reese
  • Bravo Zulu Awards
  • Delta Company Cadet of the Week
  • Are you part of the Parent Association
  • A Reminder on PSAT, SAT, and ACT Testing
  • Do you want to be a part of our Cadet Corps?
See You At the Pole 2020

A Message to Parents from Colonel Coggins

Founders Day is October 15th

On October 15th, we will celebrate Founder's Day, honoring the 122nd Anniversary of the first day of classes held at Fork Union Military Academy. As part of this birthday celebration for the Academy, we will hold our Day of Giving -- our annual one-day fundraising event.

Our theme for this year’s Day of Giving is "Pay for a Day," and your gift will go towards the daily expenses incurred in providing our young men the opportunity of attending Fork Union Military Academy.

The idea of “Pay for a Day" is also a great reminder of why we raise money in the first place -- to benefit our cadets.

You are invited to join with us as we strive for 122 donations which will be used to help cover the costs of items such as PPE, extra cleaning supplies, plexiglass barriers, and additional signage which were required as we prepared to bring our cadets back to campus this fall. In addition, the financial hardships encountered by so many in our country during this pandemic required us to award increased financial aid to some families in order for them to be able to enroll.

Your donation will enable us to continue to educate, develop, and inspire young men in this college preparatory, Christian, military environment that we all love so well both now and into the future.

Learn more at https://www.forkunion.com/dayofgiving.

Cadets assist with roadside cleanup

Cadets with the Interact Club have been donating their time during recent Saturdays to help clean up the roadsides near the Fork Union Military Academy campus as part of their community service efforts on behalf of the school. Thank you, cadets!

Planning for Thanksgiving Leave


  • Leave departure will begin at the end of classes on Friday, November 20, 2020 at approximately 1230. All Cadets must have arrangements to be off campus by 1800 (6:00 pm) on Friday, November 20, 2020. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed and approved by the Commandant.


  • Due to travel and departure times, International Cadets that are taking international flights home are authorized to depart the day prior to the end of the term for major leave breaks, if approved by the Cadets teacher, Academic Dean and Commandant’s Department. Cadets that are requesting to depart early for international flights must not depart prior to taking term finals; prior coordination must be made with the Cadets instructor. Early departure requests must be submitted 3 weeks in advance to the Commandant’s Department so that transportation requests can be submitted and approved.


  • Cadets leaving campus by car will depart from their respective company. They must sign-out with their TAC Officer prior to leaving campus. Cadets must be picked up by the person listed on their leave form. Please be prepared to show an ID if requested. Cadets may not leave campus with anyone under the age of 21.
  • If a cadet is traveling with another cadet/cadet’s family or carpooling, the leave office must receive written permission from both cadets’ parents/guardians.


  • Fork Union Military Academy has shuttles scheduled to depart at 1245 on 20 November 2020 to the following locations: Richmond AMTRAK, Richmond Airport, Richmond Greyhound, Tyson’s Corner, Washington National Airport, and Dulles Airport for major leaves. Private hire drivers may be available to other locations, or at earlier/later times. See the links below for additional information.




  • All transportation requests must be made in writing (no phone calls please) and received no later than November 1, 2020. A copy of the cadet’s airline/train/bus ticket must be provided, along with request for transportation, and should be emailed to transportation@fuma.org.


  • Cadets traveling as “unaccompanied minors” must be escorted to and from the gate of their public transportation. The determination is made by the public transportation carrier and is based on age. If your cadet is under the age limit, please email transportation@fuma.org for information and arrangements for transportation and escort.


  • Cadets are to return to FUMA no earlier than 0900 (9:00 am) and no later than 1900 (7:00 pm) on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed and approved by the Commandant.


Activities Update from Amy Reese

OCTOBER 2-4, 2020


FALL is here and so is the cooler weather so you should get out and enjoy the OUTDOOR activities on campus this weekend —basketball courts, tennis courts, walking trails, athletic fields, and disc golf, to name a few.

Other activities and events that are available to cadets are:






Open for video games, recreational table games, arcade games, a game of chess and casual cadet gatherings. The Moon Snack Bar will be open for cadets to grab popcorn, nachos, snacks and beverages. OUTSIDE WINDOW and the NEW COVERED PATIO is now available for cadets to use!

  • OPEN FRIDAY: 1900-2115
  • OPEN SATURDAY: 1300-1645 and 1900-2115 (closed during Dinner)
  • OPEN SUNDAY: 1300-1645


  • Friday & Saturday – 1915 (Feature) PACIFIC RIM UPRISING
  • Saturday & Sunday - 1400 (Matinee) CATS & DOGS 3

Bravo Zulu Awards

By Colonel David Coggins

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.

Every Friday, the Fork Union Military Academy Faculty and Staff nominate individuals who have exceeded the standards and demonstrated superlative performance. The following are the Bravo Zulu Awards for 2 Oct 2020:

Ms. Kelly Shuman, Asst. Athletic Director, serving as the Acting Athletic Director for one week, for superlative actions coordinating games, matches, virtual events and expertly and safely supervising a dozen sports for over 300 Cadets with strict COVID protocols. Bravo Zulu Kelly Shuman!

PO1 Josh Acree, USNR. Bravo Zulu for superb leadership through teaching, advising and coaching your Cadets who performed extremely well this week. Your leadership of the militarily club providing appropriate activities and awareness of the military forces for our Cadets with interest in potentially joining upon graduation through service academies, officer commissioning programs and enlistment options for all services. Bravo Zulu PO1 Josh Acree!

Cadet Abdulrahman Al Bunnia who’s a Senior from Jordan for his superlative support of our Infirmary delivering meals to those injured and in a quarantine/containment situation. He delivered over 90 meals to order and ensured dietary/religious restrictions and personal desires were accommodated and led recreational activities for their healthy return to the Corps. Bravo Zulu Cadet Al Bunnia!

Cadet Adam Nazar receives a Bravo Zulu for his volunteering to live stream all contests and filming services for the Athletic Department as part of the student activities and Sports Information. Parents and coaches who are looking for scholar/athletes are able to watch games/matches and see their son’s during COVID, which is much appreciated. Bravo Zulu Cadet Nazar!

Cadet Dino Seirvo was awarded a Bravo Zulu for a job well done with the Football teams as manager and film crew. Within the COVID protocols there is even more cleaning and safety then usual with football operations, which is labor intensive and requires hours of work. Bravo Zulu Cadet Deirvo!

Cadet Grant DeMorro was awarded a Bravo Zulu as a member of the Retan Rifles, who this week recruited, trained and equipped new members with a growth of 175% since the beginning of school. His personal dedication to the mission and traditions of Retan Rifles made the difference. Bravo Zulu Cadet Demorro!

Cadet Private Adrian Sampayo was awarded a Bravo Zulu this week for his high academic achievement, outstanding sports performance and conduct on/off the field. His positive mental attitude, respect, discipline and hard work are hereby recognized. Bravo Zulu Cadet Sampayo!

Cadet Omarii Madourie earned a Bravo Zulu this week for his superior leadership. He demonstrates decisiveness and caring for his Cadets in his charge by example. Ductus exemplo is Latin for “leads by example” and is the motto of the US Marine Corps Officer at Candidate School in Quantico. His leadership is making the difference. Bravo Zulu Cadet Madourie!

We are proud of our Cadets, Faculty and Staff for all they do. This was another great week at FUMA. We have no COVID cases amongst our Cadets, Faculty, Staff or supporting personnel on campus.

A Bravo Zulu to the Fork Union Military Academy community, which includes all of us, Alumni, Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, Parents, Donors, Friends and retired faculty/staff for your prayers and support. We go forward together... In God We Trust! Go FUMA!

Join us on Thursday, September 17th, at 6:30 PM ET, as our host, COL Tripp Billingsley, leads a conversation with COL Bill Hitchcock. We will discuss his career at Fork Union Military Academy and his thoughts on preparing another generation to participate in the American system. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with one of the most influential men in FUMA history.

Delta Company Cadet of the Week

Cadet Max K. Miller

By c/2LT Alexander V. Self

Cadet Max K. Miller was nominated for cadet of the week for the third week of September by the Delta Company TAC Officer and Head Postgraduate Football Coach LTC Arritt. Cadet Miller is a first-year postgraduate cadet and plays football at the academy. He plays the positions of Quarterback and Linebacker. Cadet Miller is originally from Frankfurt, Illinois, and graduated from Culver Academy in Culver, Indiana.

Interview with Cadet Max Miller

Interview with Max K. Miller:

Q: Why did you choose to take initiative and step up to be a leader?

A: To follow all instructions. I want to make sure my teammates follow instructions and do it to the best of their ability.

Q: What are your goals and overall aspirations?

A: I want to obtain an F.B.S (Division I Football Bowl Subdivision) scholarship for football before November 1 and to win all Postgraduate football games.

Q: What are your plans after your time at FUMA?

A: I’m going to go home for two months with my family. Then, I plan on attending a university to play football. It is only an idea for me to attend Northwestern University (near Chicago, Illinois).

Q: What would you like to improve at FUMA?

A: I want more leadership in Delta Company other than the postgraduates that have not attended the academy in the past.

Q: What do you enjoy the most at FUMA?

A: I enjoy football here the most. I play the positions of quarterback and linebacker.

Q: What is your favorite leadership trait?

A: Self-criticism is my best leadership trait. This is because you need to have yourself together before you can get everyone else together.

Q: How do you feel about yourself and your leadership skills?

A: My leadership skills are strong and continue to get better every day.

Q: What helped you develop your leadership skills?

A: Going to a military school before FUMA (Culver Academy in Culver, Indiana) and playing the vital roles of a quarterback and a linebacker on FUMA’s football team.

Interview with LTC Arritt

Q: What makes Max K. Miller the cadet of the week?

A: Cadet Miller embraces body, mind, and spirit. He understands all facets to get better. He is a natural leader on the field, barracks, and faith. He is a true teammate and makes sure to get everyone better not just in football, but life.

Q: What is Cadet Miller’s strongest leadership quality?

A: The ability of communication. It’s a very rare thing for a young man to have.

Q: What were the first couple leadership trait that made you realize Cadet Miller was a cadet leader?

A: He can control the group of cadets in the barracks, plus Cadet Miller can get a positive action out of a negative situation.

Are you part of the Parent Association

Parents Association Mission Statement

The purpose of the Parents Association shall be to provide support and resources to the school for the benefit and educational growth of the cadets; to engage in fundraising endeavors; to develop parent leadership and build capacity for greater involvement; to foster and encourage parent participation; to provide a vehicle of communication for parents; and to create a network that connects fellow parents to one another.

Join the Parents Association today!

For information about how to join the Parents Association, please contact Shannon Higginbotham at shannonh@fuma.org.

Parents Association Representatives

The Parents Association Board consists of five class representatives here to support and guide other parents. They have volunteered their time to help new and returning parents in any way possible. Please feel free to reach out to them with questions and concerns. To learn more about this year's class representatives, go to https://www.forkunion.com/parents/parents-association.

A Reminder on PSAT, SAT, and ACT Testing

By Rhonda White, Test Director & Coordination of Counseling Services

This is a reminder to all cadets and parents that Fork Union Military Academy will be offering the SAT and ACT tests in October.

  • The SAT test will be given on September 26th and October 3rd.
  • The ACT test will be given on September 12th and October 24th.

The PSAT Test will be given to ALL 10th & 11th grade cadets on Wednesday, October 14th. This is basically a practice test for the SAT and is mandatory for the cadets in this grade level. Parents do not have to register their son for this test or pay a fee. FUMA will handle all the logistics of this test.

Do you want to be a part of our Cadet Corps?

Are you a young man in the 7th to 12th grade? Do you want to be a man known for integrity, respect for yourself and others, faith, character, and discipline?

Do you want to learn more about how a top military school for boys can help you succeed? Are you interested in attending one of the USA's top college prep boarding schools? Does a good Christian school environment sound like what you are looking for? Do you think a great private school would suit you better than public school?

We encourage you to fill out an application for enrollment and join our cadets here at Fork Union Military Academy.

Created By
Daniel Thompson


Photos by: Kate Pendergrass, Kelly Shuman, Cadet Drew Leydig, Cadet Abdulrahman AlBunnia