The Corps is Formed!

Waynesboro, VA – Young men from throughout Virginia, 17 other states, and 5 foreign nations came together yesterday in the Fishburne Military School quadrangle Delegate Steve Landes presents Fishburne Military school with a joint house resolution honoring JB Yount III (Fishburne Class of 1956)to form the 2017 – 2018 FMS Corps of Cadets. This traditional ceremony marked the official beginning of the school’s 138th consecutive session and its 99th year as a United States Army Junior Reserve Officers Corps (JROTC) Unit.

Delegate Steve Landes (Virginia House of Delegates, 25th District) briefly addressed the Corps before reading and presenting the school with a copy of a resolution he sponsored honoring the life and service of J.B. Yount III, FMS Class of 1956. House Joint Resolution Number 814 ( reads, in part: “RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of Joseph Byron Yount III, a public servant and community leader in the City of Waynesboro”.

During the course of the First Formation ceremony, the Cadet Officers and NCOs for 2017-2018 were announced and called forward to receive their rank insignia. The Cadet leadership was then sworn in by Fishburne’s 12th Superintendent, CAPTAIN Mark Black, USN(Ret).

The top Cadet leadership assignments announced were:

Fishburne Military School (Waynesboro, VA) Battalion Commander passes the Company Colors to one of his CommandersBattalion Commander – Cadet Major Phillip Stone Griffin III (Charlottesville, VA)

Battalion Executive Officer – Cadet Captain Michael Joseph Masone IV (Ivy, VA)

Alpha Company Commander – Cadet First Lieutenant Elian Jose Gonzalez (Arlington, VA)

Bravo Company Commander –Cadet First Lieutenant Chimere Jonathan Nzedu (Lorton, VA)

Charlie Company Commander – Cadet First Lieutenant Ryan Moapichai (Woodbridge, VA)

Band Company Commander – Cadet First Lieutenant William Jackson Malbon (Waban, MA)

Before the assembled crowd of alumni, family, friends, local veterans as well as city and state officials, the Cadet leaders each took command of their respective units and the Fishburne Military School Corps of Cadets for 2017-2018 was officially formed.



Fishburne Military School is the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia. Its college-prep curriculum is built on the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS has been designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation that is accredited by US Army Cadet Command.