For the new season of Ranger in Focus, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself to those who don't know me.How did you come to be a Robinson Ranger?
G: I joined the Forums 19 April 2012, being a long time fan of BattleTech. My brother Scott (Bigfoot17) and I used to play the original box set with the cardboard stands of mechs, paper and dice. I played every computer game that came out and still have a regiment worth of metal figures in the basement! I gladly took a closed beta invitation and soon realized the same group of guys chasing us down. A little research revealed they were the Robinson Rangers and we joined in October 2012.
What was your career path in the Rangers?
G: I was placed in Y company with one other recruit under Merrick and Mechafreak. He never seemed to be around so I joined in with the 1st Regiment guys until Kribby D took the Major slot. I was helpful getting him information on who did what and when they played, so quickly went up the ranks to Captain, where I stayed for over a year. When we hit the end of the Pappy era, people moved around a lot, and I ended up in command of 8th Battalion.
What was it like as LCOL?
G: I quickly learned not to ask Kelane to do any paperwork or follow behind him in game, to promote Stevemac and drop out of channel before he caught on, and let the Y company guys just play. Y company was the hardest due to the number of command handoffs.
How did that change during the reorg?
G: "Losing" W co was hard, although I always felt welcome to pop down with them. SteveMac and I had grown close and I missed the regular conversations. I was very busy, however, with helping Zombie move everyone from the old website to the new. I also took over the Awards Committee after Dodgy left and was acting as forum moderator. I greatly enjoy being a right hand man and making their life easier.
What is this new Logistics Command about?
G: As we approached the community warfare era, we realized it was a lot of work for the command staff to maintain combat command and keep all the backroom paper work in flow. Stevemac and I tossed some ideas up to High Command to create a position on the HC staff where I would continue to run the Awards Committee, continue to Moderate the Forums, maintain the News Page, administrate personnel files, promotions, transfers and I company, act as Liaison between HC and the Recruitment office and manage the Unit resources as necessary as CW rolls out. This frees up the Combat commanders to concentrate on the game play and inter unit relations. It will also let Zombie concentrate on contracts and unit assignments.
Was this the reason for promotion to Colonel?
G: Actually, I always expected to remain as LCol, but with the authority of the HC to act though out the Brigade. At the same time as we contemplated this change, we came to realize that 3rd Regiment was down to an effective two companies with the move of X co to G co. It made little sense to have a Regiment at 1/4 strength and decided to roll the remainder into the vacant 6th Battalion in 2nd Regiment. With 3rd Regiment in "mothballs" there was a need for the 5th member on HC, so I was made brevet Colonel until such time as 3rd Regiment is needed to reform and a new Colonel appointed. At that time I will drop back to LCol, but will remain attached to HQ
What are your plans in the new position?
G: I am working on a new database to replace the "Time in Service" spreadsheet in the Awards Dept. I want it to maintain a personnel record of each member that can serve as a backup in the event the website crashes. It will also act as a resource center for command to determine which pilots are proficient at drop command, are specialist in battlefield roles, and such. I also plan on making databases for dropships and munitions as needed based on the CW progress. I will be spending more time with Unit Commanders and I company in a support role.
What have been your highs and lows in the RRB?
G: I am 46, married to my wife Christine for 23 years. I have been a Coast Guard officer (Marine Inspector) and am a leader in my local church, with over 200 members, many under my care. I also look at the Rangers as a family. When they hurt, I weep. When they thrive I am filled with pride and joy. Thus lows are the infighting, heart attacks, and broken hearts. I hope I made a difference to those who went through tough times and I offered an ear or word of encouragement. The highs are all the times we have fought together and achieved goals, the building of relationships, and the friends we've made in the community. I have made some bad calls on the way myself, but always wanted what was best for the Brigade.
So you plan on being around for the long haul?
G: After the past three years with the RRB, it is hard to imagine not hearing the familiar voices. There will be other demands in my life, but I believe I will be here for several more years.