Hello TG and welcome to the ninth episode of a this series. In this series, titled 'What It's Like To Be..", I will be interviewing members of TG throughout the ranks, ranging from squad member right up to the CoC. As well as interviewing CoC members, i will also be taking the chance to interview certain members in support positions. This series will be published on a monthly basis.
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing my fellow division member TG-AMP, BGC for PS4 Brigade. The biggest Brigade in Call of Duty Division.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to this position?
TG-AMP: I wasn’t attracted to the position at all. TG-Mitchell will tell you that for a while, I said that I didn’t want to step away from command of the 1st BN here at CoD PS4. I think that things were trending in a direction that I was going to need to assume that role and train my successor concurrently, rather than sequentially. What the brigade needed was more important than what I wanted, and that’s a tough pill to swallow sometimes. But we got it to work, and I believe what I’ve been able to assist in from this position is more than I could have ever done from the CO spot at the time.
TG SmokeyB: You've been in your position of Brigade Commander since March this year. What is the main reason for staying in the position?
TG-AMP: By the time this article comes out, I will have served in the position for about 3 months. So while that doesn’t sound like an impressive amount of time, I’d argue that because of the workload, running the largest battalion and brigade in TW is quite a handful everyday.
This question has a more important meaning though. I believe firmly that at the end of about 5-6 months in position, that it will be time for me to step away, and allow for new leadership to come in with new ideas. Turnover in positions is important. You need the right ingredients though, in stability, and in talent in lower positions.
We have both. So in 3 more months, you will likely not see me in this position.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell us the best highlight while serving as a BGC?
TG-AMP: Requesting a third squad in our 2nd BTN and a twelfth squad in our 1st BTN are pretty big highlights. It’s a testament to the environment that we have cultivated here. Practicing every Sunday and Wednesday can get stale with no clear objectives, or events that help augment our member’s experience at TG.
We’ve also created an environment in which TG’s most competitive team in a long while is thriving and winning! If you haven’t heard of TG Crimson Shogun, well I hope you see them now:
- TG's Crimson Shogun GB Profile
Some of our other services to members events include:
- All Hallow's Eve 1v1 Tournament
- Double Double Tournament
- CoD Squad League
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to TG when you first joined?
TG-AMP: Back in April of 2009, I was getting pretty descent at CoD World at War, but didn’t have a crew that I was playing with regularly. I think I found CoD on a website forum somewhere, and decided to play with them. When I saw the structure and the accountability, i.e. the understanding that I could count on squad mates AT LEAST ever Sunday and Wednesday night, I decided to give it a shot.
TG SmokeyB: I imagine you are busy with handling the PS4 Brigade. What is it about being the Brigade Commander that you love?
TG-AMP: The members. The members. The members.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell me a little more about your TG history?
TG-AMP: I joined TG on April 20th, 2009. That tenure lasted about 6 years until I was discharged for being on leave over the 6th month mark. During that time, I rose through the ranks extremely quick, probably too quick.
The details are fuzzy but what I remember was being an integral part in building divisions such as MAG, Homefront, and then Uncharted, where I was in the Division Officer’s spot for almost 2 years cumulatively.
This time, I came back in June after I had been playing CoD World War II for a bit. I think I was thrust into the XO 1st BN spot on either day one or two of being back. You’ll see I have zero practice points.
TG SmokeyB: If you could change one thing in TG, what would it be?
TG-AMP: Haha, there are plenty of things! But I’ll reserve them for the appropriate place.
TG SmokeyB: Just for fun. If you where having your last meal tomorrow, what would it be?
TG-AMP: Oh god! Contemplating my morbidity. I suppose I’d go with a 70+ ounce medium rare ribeye steak if I wasn’t going to be needing my arteries anymore.
Thank you @TG-AMP for the great interview. It's great to see someone not in TG that long and rise through the ranks. You'r doing a great job, many thanks to you!
Stayed tuned for another episode next month, from a familiar face!