August 20, 2434
Barren, Mitchell D., Staff Sergeant
4th Fleet, 4th Fleet Security Forces (FSF)
To stay on the safe side, all letters from now on will be addressed to you. With your information in the recipient section, they won’t censor the letter and you can tell Mom what you feel is ok. The Wolfpack was officially upgraded to operational status as of 72 hours ago and upon activation, we received our first official op order.
This planet was chosen for the new outpost and jump off point because it was the furthest away from Midway station but it is not the only potential habitable planet in the area. There are a few that are within a reasonable jump distance and that makes FleetCom a little nervous, as I am sure you are aware.
FleetCom wants the Wolfpack to start scouting these different planets and that is going to take a lot of time and effort. Variations in gravity won’t be an issue. The new uniforms we were issued possess gravitational compensation measures that adapt to the wearer’s body so any place should feel like the normal gravity that humans are used to.
Let me pause here to say wow. Ever since receiving this new assignment the Fleet has been providing us with equipment and technology that we never even knew existed. How is individual gravitational compensation even possible? How does that even make sense? We even got yelled at by the instructor when the introduction to the new tech (new to us at least) lead to a waterfall of questions.
We have been preparing for our first journey to the closest planet. Unknown designation. Planet naming will be left to whoever FleetCom or the coalition decide is allowed that privilege. Satellite imagery shows that the planet’s surface is mostly some kind of heavy vegetation but there are some rocky areas that we need a closer look at.
Before a sensor network is set up, the fleet needs to know whether or not the GFI could establish an outpost that could be hidden from our detection grids. The vegetation and forestry is not an issue, though, for the sake of being thorough, we will be investigating some of the potential outpost sites in those areas as well.
The GFI has proved time and again that when it comes to the employment of their strategies, they are unpredictable in their predictability. I remember you used to always say that and I never understood what you meant until now. For every time that we are able to anticipate one of their moves, they make a side move that was unforeseen. Each time that happens, while it costs them, and sometimes dearly, it usually ends up costing us too.
In light of this revelation, and given my team and I’s new assignment, I have decided to take your advice and invest in something you have recommended on so many separate occasions. I downloaded a copy of “The Art of War” into my mobile reader and started reading it. It will forever blow my mind that one of the oldest pieces of literature/instruction manual in human history still applies so many centuries after being written.
From what I have read so far, you were right. I have also instructed the rest of my team to download a copy and read it. We all agree that it will serve us well once we are able to grasp more of the concepts and understand how best to apply them.
The ship we will be assigned to for the first three planetary recon missions will be one of the coalition’s Corvettes. I think they call is the CSS Mako? It was some kind of really fast shark name from Earth. I am sure you could pull the details if you wanted to. They were considering assigning a destroyer but given that we will still be in the system and the Corvette’s speed they did not want to detach a bigger vessel from any of the armada’s that are currently engaged in keeping the GFI restricted to their space.
Once we start moving out into uncharted territory they will likely reconsider. It would stand to reason that they would want a mission of that importance to be assigned to a ship with ansible capabilities so communication and reporting can all be done in real time. I will keep you posted as best I can. Please tell mom not to worry. We are taking a Marine Strike Team as well for back up and the Corvette is being retrofitted with some better counter-ship capabilities than standard Corvettes possess.
In other news, tell Russell that the fleet has agreed to sponsor him and the Doc in their nerdventures. Please express my congratulations. I will be on the planet here and there so we might not be in constant communication but we will be able to see each other more often. They acknowledge that he has not yet finished school but given the impression he made on the Doctor and the Fleet’s reaction to some of his research, that will not be an issue.
Please also give my love to Mom and tell her I am sorry that the letters are no longer addressed to her. I will still write her directly on occasion but this is the only way I can tell you all what I am up to. I love you all and will keep you posted on our progress. Exciting things are coming for humanity and my team and I are at the forefront of it. Take care of yourselves.