Thursday, June 11, 2009

History of my Gamer Tag

Upon the initial setup of my first 360 in late 2006 I was presented a screen to enter my Gamer Tag name. A name that would represent me across the vast network of Xbox Live. At first this little task of picking a name seemed like a daunting one.

For many years I was known by Vindi in the game World of Warcraft but I did not want to continue that name on my 360. I struggled to come up with a creative name to represent my mad gaming skills. However I did not want my name to be like every other 12 year olds name so I decided to go with something a bit more personal, a name I had been known as before. A name that I had been called by on a battlefield and Im not talking Call of Duty.

The name I chose was SabreOscar. Sabre Oscar was my call-sign during my first combat tour in Iraq. During that tour my responsibility was to move forward with the ground forces and provide operational updates to my Attack Helicopter Unit, a Squadron of AH-64A Apaches. Many nights my team and I found ourselves in the middle of no where in Iraq with our sole purpose of calling in air strikes and making sure that the Infantry had the air support that they needed from the Apaches. The men and women that I served with in that unit, 2-6 Cav, still refer to me by Sabre Oscar to this day.

I felt SabreOscar would be a fitting tag as it had a meaning behind it. I kept the tag for two years before recently changing it earlier this year to Sabre x360a.

My reason for the switch was for gamerscore purposes. It was this year that I began taking gamerscore seriously and actively getting involved on the forums. I switched my tag but my forum name on the site still remains SabreOscar. Sabre x360a allows me to represent the Army and x360a community.

For those interested here is a little article that was done on my unit. I was quoted in it and for the record the writer of the article miss-quoted me but Im not surprised lol.


NJC Omega said...

Thats a great story, I wish my GT had as much meaning as yours lol! As an NCO myself in a Signals Battalion in the Irish Reserves I can understand how army life can mean something very special, clearly your service is to a much greater extent than mine but I appreciate it none the less. I think it was a very respectful thing naming your GT after that. Any idea when you'll be heading back out abroad on duty or are you staying in the States for a while?

Sabre x360a said...

Thanks Omega. Rumor has it that Im going to Afghanistan in November but Im not 100% sure right now. If I do in fact go, this would be my 3rd Combat Tour but my first one to that country.

Anonymous said...

lol god damn journalists

Anonymous said...

B70WN Sabre...I'm all for the change 8-)