This week member spotlight is on long time member Whistler. Enjoy.
Discord Name: Whistler
Age – “Old enough to be your daddy.”
Whistler is your regular Joe… erm, Chris. Capable of wit but the delivery can be dry as the Sahara. Fatherhood likely to blame but loves it more than anything. Is out to have a good time while helping out where possible and tries not to take himself too seriously. Answers questions openly and doesn’t seem to tire of them.
He began his time with the Grim Reapers on their ground pounding team gaming ARMA 3. Through much time, attrition, and skill he was eventually promoted in series from his starting role as a fresh medic to squad leader. Currently heads Hades squad of Task Force Athena.
While patching up casualties in ARMA and getting to know the team, Whistler trained with the DCS virtual Sluggers squadron. Biding time for GR applications to open, he honed old semi-forgotten skills and unlearned bad facts from more inaccurate simulators. It was Cap’s Grim Reapers channel which helped dispel the shadows and cobwebs that had settled into his mind.
Then one day, a call to arms was required for a campaign mission, and Patreon donators such as himself (grateful for the learning experience), were invited to fill the empty slots for the duration.
Although he was shot down at a forced 4 to 1 odds and an enemy ship, he successfully suppressed the enemy Redfor BARCAP from bringing harm to his escort charge of an F-18 strike package. Requisite training and airframe requirements were met later and began flying regularly with the squadron soon after.
Has a small fleet of the various DCS modules today but is most partial to NATO Navy airframes. Oddly, considers carrier traps as more fun. Thanks to the Grim Reapers, Whistler gets the itch scratched for having fun flying again.
This weeks member spotlight falls on Stalker06 – Our very own former Apache, Huey and Cobra Pilot!
Discord Name: Stalker 06
Age – Not as old as Cap thinks I am… Never went to Vietnam Cap…
I am a retired Army Aviator, flying Ah-1s & Ah-64a.
Desert Storm Vet
Became an Emergency Room Nurse after.
Started DCS in 2013, and didn’t think I’d like the Helos, so I didn’t bother with them till a couple Years ago. I am sorry I waited to try them out! I thought ‘ After flying the best, why be disappointed’… Boy, was I wrong. I forgot how much I missed the UH-1… It is still a Cadillac!
I am truly amazed at the skill, knowledge base, and good nature of the guys in the Grim Reapers. I am a cancer survivor, and have never had any rude cracks about my voice cracking. This is a testament to the caliber of people that are attracted to this Squadron. Just hard to Sync up with your friends 13 hours ahead of you in Australia.
This weeks member spotlight is on Caps long suffering partner in crime Ripcord:
Discord Name:[GR] Ripcord
Nationality: American(West Coast)
Age – Old enough to know better
Playing DCS for around 7 years now. Just short of a year with the reapers. I have all modules and really enjoy mixing it up and flying the different modules. I can fly them all but an expert at none! Most of my free time is spent keeping Cap from revealing passwords, credit card numbers, etc on his stream. I always do things wrong at first so Cap feels good about what he is doing. Love being in the Reapers, Everyone is awesome!
Aunty of the GR boys and self proclaimed Silver Surfer ” I’m so old my first computer game was Pong and wow what technology it was back then, so yeah I’ve been gaming since before many of you were born, and I’m still going and loving every minute of it.” Auntystatic is a GR Veteran and Admin on our discord.
She streams GR missions live on her very popular Twitch stream twitch.tv/auntystatic, which is an engaging environment with a lot of interactive chat.
Her extensive backlog of videos are also available on her YouTube channel and are well worth a look as she has hundreds of hours of GR footage.
She also provides a training server for serious training for the GR missions and guests can join and improve their DCS as long as they are in our Discord.
“When I set out to run a 24 hour a day training server I didn’t realise what I was letting myself in for, making and updating the maps, updating the software continually, keeping the hardware as up to date as I can afford and of course paying the extra electricity bill to keep the server running 24/7.
Thanks to you kind people out there donating towards the up keep its taking some of the pressure off financially anyway, watching so many people using it to gain more experience and fly better makes it worth while, I’m hoping to add more maps in the future and varied missions.”
If you would like to help Aunty provide this asset for the DCS community, please consider a donation.
Today we are featuring GR Veteran Gumbo, who creates and streams content from Grim Reapers missions from campaigns and other related group activity with express permission from the Grim Reapers.
He streams his perspective of a GR mission live on Twitch at twitch.tv/gumbosflyingcircus
He also has a YouTube Channel – Gumbo’s Flying Circus, with lots of videos like this one. which shows his perspective of the Cold War campaign Day 4 – 14B Tomcat strike.
All our members contribute to the screenshots we showcase on our website and social media and Gumbo has given us some great ones.