Captain Cantu is proud to recognize Sergeant Joe Rizzo as our America's Army Soldier of the Quarter, SOTQ, for second quarter of 2016. 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. Sergeant Rizzo re-enlisted in October of 2015 and has since gone on to serve the unit with 100% dedication. He has become the Squad Leader of Bravo Company, Second Platoon, First Squad “Bastards” and leads his team with pride, setting a great example for all soldiers. He works hard both as a combat leader and while performing his DMOS duties in Recruiting and Retention and the Force Improvement Group.
Tell us a little about yourself: I work as a mechanic at a mini/BMW shop. My other hobbies are cars and I actually own a modified vehicle that I am still slowly dumping money in even though some people say it’s a money pit. It’s just like a computer where you spend $3,000 or more, sometimes it can be an investment. .
Why did you join 3rdID? I was in a clan/unit that was called the brotherhood of spirits. I think at one point we were supposed to merge or have some sort of alliance (with the 3rdID) and at that point I was their CO. After a while I got tired with the way things were ran and it wasn’t as structured as this unit is and that is where I fell in love (with the 3rdID) and it had the format that I wanted. Low and behold I discharged from there and came here. This is actually my second tour with the 3rdID.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? The structure and restrictions are a favorite part. I firmly believe that the 3rdID is a more stable community and more enjoyable community, just because of the restrictions that we have. Also the amount of people that we have active is just overall awesome because you aren't alone.
Tell us a little about your DMOS work. I am currently a recruiter RRO and drill sergeant for FIG. I have to say with those two combinations, I do a lot of working with people that I enjoy.
In your opinion, what do you do that makes the most positive impact on the unit? Probably actually trying to get to know those people that I personally bring in and or what others bring into the unit . Trying to boost the overall morale. Another impact is that i would have say is that, there is always someone on to talk to whether is to play or if someone needs some advice with-in their personal life. I think that’s what separates us from a lot of others units out there.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? Keep learning, because you can’t learn enough. Also don't try to get yourself into trouble, think before you say or do. Keep this unit growing with more soldiers, as this unit has been going for 13 consistent years!
What army value is the most important to you and why? Ah man, honestly I don’t think I have a favorite because a lot of them have their own meaning and they are all valued. They all sort of tie together. But if i had to choose one, it would be Respect. Reason being is that respect isnt just given out. You have to work for it.