11 June 2434
Barren, Mitchell D., SSgt, ESF
4th Fleet, 4th FSFS, Charlie Flight
I know I only put dear Mom, but this is for everyone else as well. I sure as heck am not taking the time, every time I write home, to write out everyone’s name in an effort to include everyone in a letter that you all know is for everyone anyways…..please tell Russell I will be back before he knows it and we can do another tour of any of the Mars Museums he wants. Just make sure he picks one out a few months in advance so I can make the reservations. Let him know all the museums in the capital are worth a look.
I finally made it to my new assignment. Sorry that it took so long. Transit was crazy, unexpected issues arose that caused problems. Although the issues were against the odds, it was still nothing bad enough to warrant any worries. Travel delays that never cease. In the end, things happen. As we were departing and the pilots did their standard system checks before leaving Mars orbit, the systems responsible for air filtration began to short circuit due to defective wiring. Sounds horrible but it is really no big deal. There are enough backup systems on these vessels but you know the military way. 100% or its a no go until its brought back to %100. A maintenance shuttle was dispatched and they fixed the issue in a matter of hours while we stayed in Mars orbit. Threw off the jump timing though. More time to hit the shipboard dining facility and score some nachos. That one delay cost us nearly a week in transit time. Oh well. Made it.
Where do I even begin? There really is nothing much out here. The people who have spent the last decade colonizing have done an incredible job creating a livable situation but were less than pleased when they discovered that Fleet Command wanted to establish a military presence. Being that those of us arriving today are the first from fleet, we get the pleasure of building up the installation and preparing for the follow on forces and construction crews. First order of business is to establish a defensible security perimeter. I must admit this makes me nervous, being my first assignment as a non-commissioned officer. Still, I think I will do well. I have the experience and I know I can handle the pressure. Fingers crossed that things stay calm and the population receives us well. There hasn’t been any reported insurgent activity so hopefully that remains the case. There hasn’t exactly been a consistent fleet presence though either and given that the population is still so small it isn’t like there has been any reason for them to operate out here.
The planet is like a mixture between Mars, Earth, and the moon. There are three massive continents and the rest is mostly water. There isn’t much vegetation or wildlife though so planetary engineers had to come in to conduct minor planetary modifications in order to make it livable for humans. The only good part about the modifications is that the air is breathable. Sucks that it doesn’t make the planet much more useful other than a place to put humans and conduct trade. I honestly don’t even know why these people wanted to come here but who am I to judge right? There is some kind of science station near where we are supposed to be establishing our perimeter but we have been instructed that all research being conducted is none of our business so we are ordered to steer clear of the facility and its personnel.
I am sorry that I have to keep this letter short. I am exhausted after the trek and there is still so much more to do. Please extend my love to the rest of the family and let them all know that I will write again soon. I promise that I will write to you as often as I am able but times may come when it gets busy, especially for the next couple weeks. Once the ansible is set up they will allow us to video call with the standard time allotments so we won’t be restricted to just letters. Know that you will all be in my thoughts. Take care of yourselves.
P.S. Tell Russell I am working on his request. Should know by the next letter whether or not it will work. Also, There isn’t a place where I can get good candy. No base exchange or commissary yet. Please send some Tootsie rolls if or when you can.