Our focus this edition is an outstanding member that has been involved with many division of TAW...Slautter. A CO in the TF2 division, Slautter was hand picked from the ranks of TAW's Arma division to take the reins in-game for the crew in Team Fortress. CherryLaneKilla of the newsletter crew had a few words with Slautter and here's what the newly stationed CO had to say.
Let’s start by telling everyone a little about you.....
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
That is a hard one. Probably, that my life
dream when I was young was to be a fighter pilot.
Do you have any special hobbies or activities outside of online
Yes, I love to work on
cars and motorcycles, and most of all drive and ride them. (Fast)
What brought you to TAW and more importantly, what brought you
back to TAW after leaving us for a brief time?
Originally, I joined to learn the game of
Arma2. I was only gone for 1 day. I came back. Because some of my comrades in the Arma 1st Bn. sent
me emails wanting me to stay. I have befriended a few guys that I really
respect and love to play with, so I came back and asked to be put in the
So I could devote more time to mission editing and practicing
for badges. I was SO for nine months and had little time to devote to myself.
Up until recently, you were in the ARMA reserves. Now TF2 has
moved you in as a CO, what brought about this change and how was the
opportunity presented to you?
As Staff Officer for Arma 1st Bn, my old XO
(LKinchelo) and I had been discussing me taking the XO position to help out
in the TF division. When I stepped down from the SO position in Arma I decided
to take him up on the offer. It turned out that his 4th BN CO
stepped down, so I took that position.
A campaign victory tab, Operation Glass House, and three TAW
medals are credited to your call sign in just ten months. Tell us about which
of these many accomplishments you are most proud of.
I am very proud of the Medal of Resilience. I
was recommended for this by my closest friend and comrade in TAW Louderthanu.
He recommended me for the hard work I did as his FL in Foxtrot, and Bravo
squad, and for helping 2nd Battalion in their time of need for a SO
to do their onboarding after a mass exodus happened. As DI and as SO I made myself available to help anyone...any time.
Are you continuing to play ARMA as well or is TF2 now your sole
concern in terms of gaming?
My true gaming interest is still Arma, but I enjoy TF. I came
down to TF for a new challenge and to become a better leader. Much easier with
a smaller group, to try and learn the skills necessary to command a battalion
As a CO, what do you feel is your role in rebuilding and
strengthening the division?
I feel my role as CO is to create and maintain a well-organized
and fun environment for our members to have every day. Beings that I am new to
the game of TF, I am currently
watching, learning and making subtle recommendations for minor
changes. I feel that my highest priority is working on recruiting new members
to the TAW TF2 Division. I feel that change must be slow and steady, as
to not upset the balance in a radical way.
What strengths do you feel you bring to the table as a CO that
will assist in driving the division to future victories and accomplishments
both in TAW and in TF2?
bring a wealth of knowledge on on-boarding and have a lot of experience in
managing people in RL. I am patient, and steady. I like to think I know
when to be firm and when not to be. I have a cooperative attitude and am
willing to listen to my subordinates.
What upcoming improvements in the division are
you looking forward to that will help it appeal to other members of TAW and to
public players in general?
Currently, I am working on a recruiting
plan/procedure for our members to follow, so that we aren’t pushy, but yet, get
the right message out to the public. I am basically taking one area at a time
and seeing what advice I can give that might help our battalion in training,
onboarding, and member retention.
Any parting comments or things you would like
to add about TF2 for other TAW members?
TF2 is a really fun game. We have a relaxed
atmosphere, and the stuff you find and trade for is a lot of fun.