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Valley Forge Military Academy & College News – SUMMER, 2023

A Letter from the President

Dear Forge Family,

If you needed any hint the end of the academic year is upon us, look no further than the Corps of Cadets still keeping their head in the classroom even though their hearts are longing for the summer.

It has been a remarkable year for the 95th Corps and the spring has been a busy one. While these stories provide only a peek into the happenings here, what is evident is the increased quality of Cadets coming to VFMAC and the quality education they receive here. It is a tribute to the dedicated faculty and staff whose passion and commitment to each Cadet here.

Thank you for your engagement and support, and the opportunity to tell the stories of your VFMAC.


Col. Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR (Ret),

President, Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Not all learning takes place in the classroom. In fact, some of the best learning comes from actual experience – learning with all five senses.

Three Cadets – two from VFMA and one from VFMC participated in the annual Military School Band and Choir Festival. The event brings together musicians

The monthly Character Development Chapel Speaker Series for all Cadets aims to expound on the Character Development Cornerstone. For the spring series, Honesty and Integrity

Cadets listened to Dr. Diedrick Graham, the guest speaker for the Commandant’s Friday Character Development program. Dr. Graham shared insights about responsibility. Cadets learned the

At VFMAC, the Crucible is the defining line between being a plebe and becoming a Cadet. While there are other requirements of passage to earn

Even though fewer than three percent of VFMA graduates enter military service, the discipline of military like training is helpful now and in the future.

Since the phrase, “There is no crying in baseball,” was uttered by Tom Hanks in the movie, A League of their Own, it has become the

The spring season means that VFMA Cadets are tearing up the track – figuratively, of course. The season is underway with a team of 25

Mega-lab is an annual intense ROTC training event intended to prepare Cadets on key tasks critical to their upcoming Summer Training. This spring’s mega-lab focused on

Staff Rides at VFMC are an integral part of instruction. By taking Cadets out of the classroom, the learning process becomes a tangible experience. Among

VFMC Security Studies major Cadet Maksim Vardanyan’s summer will start in the nation’s capital. He has been selected to participate in a national security seminar

The Women’s Leadership Symposium is an annual event hosted by VFMC during the national Women’s History Month. It brings together VFMC Cadets, institutional female leaders,

VFMA Cadets who participate in Boy Scouts had an opportunity to test their rock climbing skills.

While celebrated all over the world, there are two places in the US which wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without the VFMAC Regimental Marching Band.

VFMA Cadets Jake Book, Evan Leitner, and Michael Ronca received Good Citizenship Awards as part of were among The (Philadelphia) Union League Legacy Foundation’s Good

The VFMAC Spring Musical was a huge success during the final weekend of April. Under the faculty direction of Tim Oskin and Harry Sokol, Cadets

An anonymous gift from a VFMAC parent means VFMAC will soon have a greenhouse! VFMA seniors and members of the Garden Club work on Thursday

Honoring VFMAC's Fallen Heroes

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