By Pfc. Brett Hornback,
133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
comes to exploring the new realms of entertainment, one Kentuckian has embraced
the world of video streaming on a new platform called Twitch.
really great at the games; I’m just really entertaining,” said Sgt. First Class
is a training non-commissioned officer with Kentucky Army National Guard’s
623rd Field Battalion at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in
Greenville, Kentucky. When he is not preparing Kentucky National Guard Soldiers
for unknown battlefields, he can often be found entertaining viewers on the
Using the video streaming platform Twitch, England broadcasts himself live while playing video games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Rainbow Six: Siege, and Call of Duty.
many responsibilities in the Kentucky National Guard, England began playing
video games as a way to unwind and maintain mental resilience.
helps me get away from the stress of everyday life and allows me to do what I
enjoy doing, while connecting with friends I don’t typically get to see,” said
England’s engaging personality, he has gained some recognition in the world of videogame
streaming and Esports, and broadcasts to thousands of subscribers. Esports, an
activity in which video gamers play competitively in individual games or
tournaments, has opened up doors for England within the Guard. He is now one of
nine Soldiers in the National Guard selected to be on the National Guard
Bureau’s National Esports Team.
said that discipline and a good support system of his wife and family have been
key to his success as a Guardsman and Twitch streamer.
was tasked with creating a Discord page, and then subsequently selected to
represent the Army National Guard as an official streamer. Discord, a site with
over 14 million active users that connects video gamers with similar interests,
allows players to speak and communicate in a variety of ways within a group
platform on both Twitch and Discord, England has been able to connect with
gamers in the Guard, and has harnessed his reach, making him a more effective
NCO in the Guard, it can be difficult to make connections with junior Soldiers,
so you take advantage of the time you have to build those connections so that
they come to trust you with issues,” said England.
ability to communicate with others and his disciplined gaming routine, he leads
by example in the Guard and within the gaming community. By sharing his
abilities and talents, England has expanded his reach beyond the limits of his
local community and even his state.
When England goes live during his activation, March 23, he will be boosted to the front page/carousal of Twitch, making him the first National Guardsman to ever have an individual stream boosted.