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May 7, 2435

Barren, Mitchell D., 2nd Lieutenant

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

Dear Dad,

I am sorry that you are getting this letter a little late.  Work has been pretty busy but one of the Marines I work with is getting married soon and he invited my team to join him and his team for his bachelor party.  It was plenty of fun.

Not much new to report.  I say that work has been busy, but it is mostly routine stuff.  The defenses that were still active on this planet fell into complete disarray four days ago when one of our destroyers in orbit was conducting an orbital strike and took out a command and control center.

The funny thing is, it was semi-accidental.  They were practicing excellent operational security and not communicating anywhere near as much as a typical GFI command and control center would.  Our intelligence section thought it was likely nothing more than another outpost that was added to the orbital strike list.

The list was not very long.  Once that position was destroyed, we noticed an increase in poor communications and uncoordinated attacks that didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense.  It took a few days to learn that we had apparently taken out the command structure for the entire planet. The rest of the outposts were either captured or destroyed with few casualties.

The bachelor party served as a sort of double celebration.  A celebration for the victory on this planet, and a celebration for one of the jar-heads surrendering his heart to the woman he loves.  Not a bad time for a good celebration.

I hate to cut this short but we are moving out.  The defenses on this planet may be crumbling, but they are still active.  Time to go sniff some more out so that air or orbital strikes can be called in.  I love and miss you all.

Love,

Mitch  

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