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May 21, 2435

Barren, Mitchell D., 2nd Lieutenant

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

Dear Dad,

I am both excited and dreading coming home.  I miss you all so much and it will be so nice to see you, but at the same time, I have been up to so much out here and the pace has been so consistent that I don’t know if I will be able to handle the stagnation.

I think that, once my year is up, I will be opting to stay with the Fleet.  We will talk more about it when I get home, but I think it best that I tell you now so that you and Mom can be better prepared when I get home.  This way, there won’t be any surprises.

I love what I do.  I love what we do. I know that we have been making a difference and I love the mission that my team and I have been assigned.  I don’t know if they will let me continue this specific mission or not, but I have every intention of bringing it up with my commanding officer.

There is still so much work to do and the war is so far from being over.  I am ready and willing to do whatever I can to protect our boys and girls and that is exactly what my team’s work is all about.  We seek out the traps. We find the enemy so that our men and woman don’t accidentally stumble upon them. We save lives. There is no better task.

We did some more orbital drop training this week.  Every time we hit the atmosphere and then pick up speed it is such a rush.  It almost makes me think I picked the wrong career field but then I remember that my team gets special privileges so I can request any training I think my team needs and it will most likely be granted.  

At least, for another few weeks, I can.  At this point, I am not sure if they would approve.  I haven’t yet discussed my intentions to stay just yet so as far as my leadership knows, they only have me for another two weeks.  Not much point in training someone to do something when you think there are only two weeks where they can apply that training.

I also don’t want to leave my girl on Outpost 86.  I know I haven’t talked about her much, but that is only because I don’t get to see her often.  She writes to me on a consistent basis though. She is great Dad. She sends me pretty good care packages.  She sends everything I need to make the nachos she serves at her bar. Mine never come out as good, but she taught me to make them well enough.

She has also been keeping an eye on Russell for me.  She tells me he is the talk of the bar whenever they have some of the scientists from the Outpost at her bar.  Russell is blowing them away and they are always talks of how to facilitate the best academic future for him. I am pretty sure he is going to get a free ride through school because of this internship.  Well earned from what I am told. He is a science team all by himself and he hasn’t even been to college yet.

I have to go.  I am getting called to the CSS Mako’s bridge.  I love and miss you all. Take care.



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