Corporal William Blackwell joined the 3rd Infantry Division on May 20th 2019 for his second tour of duty within the unit. Having served prior and achieving the rank of Sergeant (E-5) was the reinstated as a Specialist (E-4) and assigned to Alpha Company, Third Platoon, First Squad. Throughout his time during this tour he has shown a very strong passion for our unit, dedication, patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence. In view of these qualities, your demonstrated leadership potential, and dedicated service Corporal William Blackwell has been aware the Soldiers Medal and selected as this Soldier of the Quarter
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 46 years old, US Army Veteran (Paratrooper) . Have 3 kids and 4 grandkids, so at times life can get hectic. Been playing PC games for far too long, started on a TI 99/4A then next was an Apple IIe, then so many PC’s since then
What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
For me it is the camaraderie that can be found. Those who have served probably understand this better than those who haven’t. But when you have a good community to be a part of, you have fun.
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit?
Favorite moment(s) are anytime we can get four or five on and hit the public servers for some less serious fun.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers?
Frustration is normal, regardless of the size of the unit. Sometimes you voice that frustration and sometimes you don’t. But in the end use that frustration for some sort of positive change in yourself or in the situation.
What army value is the most important to you and why?
There is not one Army Value that is most important to me. They are all important to me as each one holds meaning that makes an Army Soldier who they are both on and off the field of battle. But if I must pick on it would be Loyalty due to the fact the more that strengthens in your life, they others will improve and strengthen.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
We are here to have fun, be serious when needed but not to serious that the fun is ruined for yourself and/or others.