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May 14, 2435

Barren, Mitchell D., 2nd Lieutenant

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

Dear Dad,

I have come to the point of counting down the days until reassignment.  There was a time when I was unsure as to whether or not I would re-enlist but now that I have been made an officer, I am not so sure that I want to get out now.  Part of me wants to see how far up the chain of command I can get.

I will have some time to think it over when I come home for my annual leave.  Three more weeks Dad. Tell Mom that I will be home soon. The last week has been fairly relaxing, but that is only when you compare it to the last few months.  A lot of training for an upcoming operation most likely.

The CSS Mako was ordered to return to Outpost 86 for some maintenance and system upgrades so we decided to conduct some advanced training.  We found a similar class ship that was willing to lend a hand and we did some orbital drop assault training. I also thought it would be a good time to try some stealth orbital drop training for my team.

The Marines joined us on the assault drops but when we did our recon drop practice, they just continued assault drop training.  The only reason they are ever going to execute a drop like this is if we run into trouble so their drops are always going to be assault related.

We also got some new GPS tracking systems and the CSS Mako was given new sensor systems that I wanted to test in a field exercise.  We executed some war games and put them all to the test. I can’t say much in a letter about them, but I can tell you that they worked fairly well.  These sensor systems would have come in handy a couple of weeks ago. Better late than never though right?

This was also an opportunity to meet up with Russell and get our nacho fix taken care of.  After having relied on field rations for the past couple weeks, I can’t even begin to explain how much of a relief it was to get some real food.  I think I might have made Russell a little uncomfortable with my enthusiasm but I am sure he understood. You can only stand processed or freeze-dried food for so long before you need something real.

I am unsure as to when our next deployment will take place but if it does, know that my time will most likely be extended to accommodate the operation.  I am glad to do it. The work we do is important and it needs to be done. I will keep you and Mom posted. You both know that I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if someone else had to take my place and something bad happened.  We will talk more about that later though. I am being summoned.

I have to get back to work now but we will chat again soon.  I love you all.

Love,

Mitch

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