Soldier of the Quarter | Second Quarter 2018
Reported By CPT A.Cantu (edited)
LTC LaFlash is proud to announce the Soldiers of the Quarter for Second Quarter 2018.
These soldiers truly set the example of what it means to live up to the Army Values.
They have been awarded the Soldier's Medal in recognition of their dedicated service.
Alpha Company - Specialist Gordon Bluehair
Bravo Company - Staff Sergeant Mathew Carter
Specialist Gordon Bluehair-
Tell us a little about yourself: (My Elevator Speech) I’m a retired Systems Engineer. During my career I learned to make sense of complex systems and processes. In retirement, I learned as a volunteer tutor of Basic Literacy (reading) and ESL to listen for the story that belongs to each of us. My wife and I have three grown children. I am 73. A lot of stories.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? The challenge of mastering the complexity of Arma 3 team gameplay, using realistic weapons, equipment, and tactics. I also enjoy the challenge of mastering 3rdID’s complex organization and procedures, which provide training and support modeled on the US Army. You get not just simulated combat, but a simulated military career, helping to improve your squad and the unit as whole. Finally I value the experience of getting to know, working with, and fighting alongside my buddies and the rest of this international unit.
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit? A thick scottish brogue murmurs, “Bluehair, you’re going the wrong way.” All the time.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? There are no stupid questions.* Learn to ask for help. Follow your Chain of Command if possible, but feel free to ask anyone. If they can’t help you, they should help you find someone who can. Learn to communicate with your squad and the unit, using your squad Discord, TeamSpeak, Steam Chat, and Private Messages and the Forums on the 3rdID website. And learn to help others. *Except in combat! Unless it’s critical, save it for the AAR.
What army value is the most important to you and why? Integrity. Do what’s right. That includes telling the truth. Even if that lets everyone know that I have failed. Even if I look like a fool. Telling the truth builds Situational Awareness. Telling the truth lets me ask for help. Without truth, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no team. A close second, Respect. Respect others and yourself.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit? As you may know, I have OCD. I tend to think too much, analyze too much, do too much, and worry too much.* 3rdID has given me a challenging, but safe, opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, have fun, and make new friends.
*And talk and write too much!Staff Sergeant Mathew Carter -
Tell us a little about yourself. My Name is Mathew Carter from Cambridge, UK I'm 29 years old and currently live with my GF in Italy. I found out about the unit back in 2011 from playing on their server and hopping on the TS. Since that day I have been in or around the unit whenever I get the change. My hobby IRL is digital art and this has translated into the 3rdID where I currently am the NCOIC of CID. I'm always looking for new ways to help redefine the image of the unit and I hope the 3rd is around for many years to come.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? The soldiers that make up our unit. I have been in many MILSIM unit in the past. Some bigger than the 3rdID, some smaller but I could never have as much fun as I do with the people from our unit. I think this is the same reason why so many soldiers come back to the 3rdID when they want to get back into MILSIM gaming. Nothing beats a dog face soldier!
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit? Oh wow, Ive been in and around the unit since 2011 so are too many to list. If I had to pick one it would have to be from back when our unit only played AA2. "One shot then reload" matches on top of the centre tower of Bridge. Sometimes these matches could go on for 5-10 minutes with no winner, oh the laughs we had.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? Don't be afraid to reach out to your first line leaders to help them make their job easier. Not by constantly bugging them or harass them with endless questions but maybe help them plan next squad drills, give them ideas they can work off and give honest feedback. Its the best way to get noticed within your FT/squad/PLT and will help towards your next promotion.
What army value is the most important to you and why? Respect. This is a huge value I try to live by and also try to teach others. It isn't right to purposely treat others poorly just because, for whatever reason, you are unable to give the respect they deserve and one day that may even come back to bite you.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit? Be honest, don't be afraid to step up and take control if the situation needs you to and if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything you want both in and out of the unit.