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December 18, 2434

Barren, Mitchell D., 2nd Lieutenant

4th Fleet, 4th Fleet Security Forces (FSF)

Dear Dad,

I hope that you and Mom have something nice planned for the holidays.  I am not quite sure where I will be or what I will be doing but it is unlikely that any of us will be off.  It has been a few weeks since the last major encounter with GFI forces but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still out there.

There is still a pretty large fleet unaccounted for that could be lurking somewhere close by.  Until we find and deal with them, no one back home is safe. There is nothing I want more than to make that a reality for you and everyone else on our homeworlds.

I discussed it with my team and even the Marines that have been supporting us agreed that they wanted in on the action.  We are joining the search effective immediately. We were not originally assigned the task but I spoke with an Admiral from FleetCom and he agreed that any assistance would be welcomed.

There was a large number of ground forces that were accompanying the GFI fleet and so our mission will be to locate them and determine what they might be up to or planning.  If they haven’t yet retreated back to GFI controlled space, there must be a reason. We will uncover what that is as quickly and safely as possible.

Until that happens, everyone is on full alert.  There have been some complaints but the threat is still all too real and everyone knows it.  Even though we were able to beat the attack back, that doesn’t make them any less desperate or dangerous.  For all we know, they could be trying to bait our main forces so that another fleet could launch an attack when and where we aren’t looking.

Intelligence gathered suggests that there is a good chance that the fleet dumped their ground forces off somewhere and took off.  The ground forces have had enough time to dig in deep enough to protect them from any kind of orbital bombardment. There are plenty of unoccupied worlds where they could be with enough resources to maintain a big enough force.

We will let the fleet sniff out the GFI’s fleet.  Our job is the ground forces. There is little chance that any kind of significant force wouldn’t leave some noticeable signs of activity on the surface so we will be conducting orbital surveys of every world we go to.  Any world with signs of use that are supposed to be unoccupied will be thoroughly investigated.

It is pretty much the same thing that we were already doing but instead of new worlds, it will be worlds that we have already charted.  It is most unfortunate that the worlds were cataloged but nothing was left behind to at least monitor for any signs of activity. Yet another one of our Armed Forces leadership blunders has come back to bite us.

I hate to say it Dad but this lack of foresight is likely going to cost a lot of lives.  When we do find them, they will have had plenty of time to prepare defensive positions. We will have to root them out and it is going to get messy.  Had we been able to identify where they are in a faster manner, we might have been able to hit them before they were able to dig in. Now, not so much.

I have been keeping in touch with that girl I was telling you about.  She is pretty good when it comes to keeping in touch. While I am unable to write back as often as I would like, she is pretty consistent.  Things at the barkeep her pretty busy but it is pretty clear she understands how important letters are to military personnel.

Let me know if there is anything I can get you or Mom or anything within my power to do so that your holidays can be more enjoyable.  I will tell you this, I have sent a surprise for you. I hope that it gets to you in time for Christmas. You know how delivery goes. No matter how advanced technology gets, Christmas time will always muck up the delivery services.

Take care and give my love to everyone.



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