Captain Cantu is proud to recognize Corporal Christophe Laferriere as our America's Army Soldier of the Quarter, SOTQ, for fourth quarter of 2015. Recipients of the SOTQ are those soldiers who are active for the 3 months of that quarter and who go above and beyond the normal call of duty. These soldiers truly set the example and exemplify what it is to be a “Rock of the Marne”. Candidates for SOTQ are recommended by Platoon, Squad, Fireteam, and DMOS Leadership. Candidates are then reviewed by BMO staff to determine if the soldier has been active the entire time, performs a uniform inspection, speaks with their Chain of Command about their performance, and in some cases may conduct an interview with the candidate. Corporal Laferriere enlisted in July of this year and has since gone on to serve the unit with 100% dedication. He has become a FireTeam leader in Bravo Company, First Squad “Bastards” and leads his team with pride, setting a great example for all soldiers. He is one of the driving forces behind the uniform updates in CID, and we can't thank him enough for that, he also serves as a Soldier Development Coordinator in RRO. November was a great month for him, finishing Ranger school and Airborne school, as well as being promoted to corporal.
Why did you join 3rdID? Well at first I joined the unit because I was searching for a clan to play with, I had nobody to play with me on America's Army, I had no friends that played the game. So I searched on the forums and I found the 3rd Infantry Division, they were really professional, a good family where you can play without getting angry at people that are immature. I just wanted a place that would feel like home.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? The friendship we have in the unit, for example, when you have a question, someone is going to help you with that, they're not going to leave you. They are going to help you the best they can.
Any favorite memory that has stuck with you? Well, there is a lot of them, but to be honest, the one I'm really proudest of is just being accepted into the 3rdinfantry division, that's the only one that can make it to the top, there are others, but that one is really the one I'm most proud of, being accepted in, it doesn't look that hard but being here is a great challenge, you have to give 100% from the beginning. I see a lot of people coming in and leaving a week later, I know some people have been here 3+ years, that is really amazing .
Tell us a little about your DMOS work. I first applied when I was Private Second Class to PAO, I was doing a lot of montages and videos, but I was never able to finish any of them because I was missing parts for the videos. Then when I was Private First Class I applied to Combat Imaging and Documentation, they accepted when I was specialist, and then I applied for uniform updater in September of this year (2015), they accepted me, and I did my training. I give 100% every day, its a really good challenge inside this DMOS .
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? Never give up, Never give up. I see a lot of people leaving because they think the unit is too difficult, It's really not, you just have to put in some effort, even 15 minutes can make a difference. Being here for squad drills, being here for FTX, but the most important thing is the TPR, if you don't do that it will kill you .
What army value is the most important to you and why? I think the first one would be loyalty. I applied to the Canadian Armed Forces, I've been in the process for years, and I never pulled my application to go to a different country – and I can do it, like I could go apply for the British army, but I know this is where I want to be, so loyalty is everything. Even in real life the friends that are loyal to you can stay forever.