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June 4, 2435

Barren, Mitchell D., 2nd Lieutenant

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

Dear Dad,

Ever since we completed our last mission, FleetCom has been taking it easy on my team.  We have been performing pretty simple duties aboard the ship and have been ordered to start preparing for our leave.  I think that is mostly because they know that everyone in my team has notified FleetCom that we will all be staying in the fleet.

They don’t feel like they have a limited time to use us and while my team is resting up and recouping, FleetCom can come up with a list of things to do once we all return.  At first, we weren’t sure if we were all going to be reassigned or receive new orders, but it is starting to look like they want us all to be returning to this post to resume what we have been doing for the majority of this tour.  

I have spent a lot of time in the last few days reflecting on the year I have had.  We have had the opportunity to do some incredible work out here. There have been so many intense times and a lot of close calls.  I wonder if I might be pressing my luck by asking for more but there is still so much more to be done. The GFI is so far from defeat and as long as they remain a threat, I will know that the true mission is not yet complete.

You always told me to finish what I start.  I started fighting against the GFI and protecting our people from their hate and violence because I believed, and I still believe, they are a threat to peace and freedom.  As long as that remains the case, I will do anything and everything I can to protect the ones I love.

I am boarding the transport shuttle now and will be docking with the civilian transport in about 12 minutes.  I just wanted to shoot you a quick message to let you know that I am coming home and I will be seeing you and Mom soon.  Thank you for all of the love and support you have given me over the past year. It made all the difference in the world.

Love,

Mitch

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