Major LaFlash proudly recognizes Sergeant Jasmine Johnson as our AmrA Soldier of the Quarter, for fourth quarter of 2015. Recipients of the Solider of the Quarter 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.
Sergeant Johnson has been very dedicated ever since she enlisted in November of last year. As of right now she is the Alpha Company, Second Platoon, First Squad's Leader. She sets a great example and a high bar for her fellow soldiers, and leads with passion to her unit. She is dedicated to her many DMOS positions, and is always an active member of the unit. Throughout her journey of the 3rd ID, she has been remembered and respected by all.
Why did you join 3rdID? Originally I was on an Altis Life server, and that group was converted to a MilSim unit. I fell in love with the MilSim aspect of Arma, but there was some heavy favoritism in the unit, and it was very inactive. At that point, I really wanted to join a active and realistic MilSim unit. About 6 units later I found the 3rd ID, and have been in it ever since.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? Honestly, the realism of the unit. I love the fact that there is respect for each other, I like how we report in and out, I like how a lot of the community are Veterans, or are somehow connected to the military, and it really means a lot to me. It really has impacted my decision of going back to the military, because I miss the overall brotherhood and sisterhood of the real-life armed forces.
Any favorite memory that has stuck with you? Really, my favorite memory is just meeting everyone in the unit. When I first joined, I didn't really commit to anything. I had a few friends, but wasn't really deep into the unit, but through the time I've been here I have made so many friends. Not to sound cliché, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love everyone in the 3rd ID, and I hope to keep moving on forward in the future.
Tell us a little about your DMOS work. In the PAO, I am a Podcast Journalist. I started that because I was going through the forums and I noticed people just saying "Yeah I will do it, No just talk to this guy about it" and such. In the end, I was like, I have all of this audio equipment and experience about audio, and I just decided I'm going to start making podcasts. About 5 days later, the podcast was already being edited, and I had my own things in it, and ever since I've been doing the podcasts monthly.
In your opinion, what do you do that makes the most positive impact on the unit? In my opinion, it's my willingness to work. If anything ever comes up, I don't put it off for others to do, I take the reigns and do it my self. If it's needed I'll grab some other soldiers to help, and we will get to it. I have some hats I wear from time to time, and I couldn't wear them without the help from my fellow soldiers, so I can't really take full credit for anything really. It is definitely a team effort.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? I've been in this unit for almost 4 months now, and I've kept my nose to the ground, did everything I was told, and just worked. I have been noted for my work, especially with this honor, and it really means a lot to me that I was chosen I will tell this to anyone and everything you do is noted. Whether you are leading a fire team or are a fireteam member that hasn't missed a single event, and they will notice that, and if you don't think they will notice, then just watch as you rank up. You will see them fly by if
you do a great job. Take me for example, I just started by showing up,
and here I am today.
What Army value is the most important to you and why? I would probably say integrity. Integrity is the most important to me because, doing what's right regardless of who is watching you is really important to me. It's maintaining your bearing, and being trusted, when not being directly supervised. The 3rd ID isn't a bunch of babysitters, we are a unit, friends, and most importantly a family. We aren't going to tackle down with huge amounts of rules. We want everyone to have fun, but not at the expense of other people.