Captain Cantu is proud to recognize Sergeant Zak Owen as the Alpha Company Soldier of the Quarter.
Tell us a little about yourself. Well I'm a 21 year old Army brat from the UK currently living in Liverpool in the North West of England, I play guitar and I'm really into music, fitness and aviation. I'm cur-
rently waiting on going to school to study Sports & Exercise Science BSc (Hons) which will start in September 2018 at the University of Central Lancashire where I also plan on joining UOTC.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit? That would be the many opportunities afforded to all soldiers within the 3rdID to grow as an individual, either by attending training schools to get quals broadening combat knowledge, taking on responsibilities whether that be in leadership or volunteering in DMOS' or even just being part of a team and family.
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit? A funny moment I can recall was a couple of months back on a platoon FTX when 1LT D.Hardy was zeusing and controlling a local who needed to be loaded into our MRAP for transport. For some reason which still boggles my mind today, upon entering the character would get in the rear seat of the MRAP and a few seconds later would mysteriously teleport the front of the vehicle standing up, glitch up and down and then get kicked out all together. We tried a few times to get the local loaded in but the same thing happened each time, eventually we just gave up, standard Arma eh?
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? Never settle for mediocrity, always strive to be the best possible version of yourself everyday whether that be in the real world or online with the 3rdID.
What army value is the most important to you and why? Honor. A person must be trustworthy for the simple reason that if there was a level of un-trust in regard to one or multiple people then how are you going to expect to be effective as a unit in combat or when trying to complete tasks. This instils toxicity and doubt within a group and cannot be a factor when trying to form a cohesive team.
That's why I believe being Honorable as a person is the most important army value.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit? Being a Squad Leader has definitely improved my zeusing ability by needing to use it for squad drills every week, I certainly think I've improved a lot in that regard.