Corporal Arba McCullough
Alpha Company Soldier of the Quarter
Tell us a little about yourself.
Aside from school, I love to play tactical RTS games and study tactics, learn history, draw, write literature, and exercise with my dogs.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
I like the satisfaction of achieving rank, and with it comes responsibility- pushing myself here to lead others will guide me in the right direction in real life.
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit?
I remember when I was leading a 3-man patrol on the outskirts of Rasman, Takistan- and the enemy decide to casually roll three T-72s down the MSR, heading straight towards my team with no AT. Fun time.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers?
Speak out. If you have any concerns or questions regarding other soldiers or the unit- don't hesitate to speak out, because we can clear the problem then and there before it escalates and people end up leaving due to problems that could've been solved in the first place, and personally I hate seeing people leave.
What army value is the most important to you and why?
I would have to say Personal Courage and Integrity, I can't choose one. Personal Courage hits me hard because I know myself that I have a hard time taking the initiative whenever the 1iC goes down and it falls onto me. Integrity as well also hits close to home because I was taught that if your word has no value, your life has no value- it's a bit extreme but if you're at fault for the failure of your unit, you cannot break your honesty and blame someone else. Doing what's right at the cost of your ego and dignity that can both be replenished by learning from your mistakes, is a start in the right direction nonetheless.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
I've learned to have more military bearing, personal courage, and expand my communication through myself up and down the chain of command.
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