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Day 569, 00:49 Published in USA USA by Heather Fuchs

The bold orange heading on the Orders thread popped to life. I knew that meant General Bastion had posted new directions for MI. "War in Northern Cape, Indonesian-occupied South Africa will begin at approximately 15:00 eRep today." Reading deployment orders sends bolts of excitement through me every time even though I've fought all over the globe. Each trip out brings its own thrill, its own unique risk.

As quickly as I could I followed the drill every MI soldier knows. PM your boss at work and ask him to fire you so you can leave the country. Temporally resign from your political party. Grab a couple extra meals just in case. And dash over to the Quartermaster to get your issued gear.

The jostle as hundreds of infantrymen pack into the distribution center is always an exhilarating part of deployment. You see friends you haven't run into for months, and even if you would prefer to gripe about the wait to get your guns and moving tickets, you quietly admit awe at the efficiency of the whole process QMG Loftedraptor has set up.

"Devlin you still slacking in that sorry Alpha Company?" you teasingly yell across the room at your old buddy. You went through Basic together at Camp Currie and became best friends. "Bite me Kron!" he yells back with a grin. Then he adds "The line where Charlie Company grunts get to polish Alpha boots is over here by the wall."

Quicker than I imagined possible my kit is loaded and I'm heading out to the flight apron. There sits the monstrously large StratoLifter, the evolution of the old C-141 Starlifter that was designed especially for the Mobile Infantry. Yes it rattles every bone in your body as it whisks you to your drop, but with a talented MI pilot at the helm, it's the safest troop transport out there.

I hurry up into the gaping maw of the vessel and see I'm one of the first to enter. "Chalk another one up for Charlie Company" I say to myself as I proudly take my seat in the front row. Within minutes every row is packed with combat ready soldiers as the rush to be in the first departure continues. Everyone in MI loves the motto "First In, Last Out", but there is a certain satisfaction to be the FIRST First In.

Taking a moment I scan up and down the rows to see who from Command has made this boarding. That's one of the things that makes MI soldiers brave - everyone in the org fights.. everyone. Our highest ranking officers love the fight every bit as much as we do. Sure enough, there is Colonel SteveInTacoma, Commanding Officer of Bravo Company. That guy is an ANIMAL! I bet he hasn't missed a first drop in years!

Hearing the four jumbo engines begin to spin, the intercom crackles to life as our pilot "welcomes" us onboard. "Get your pansy rears strapped in soldiers. No one is going to make me late for the rendezvous point. I have a perfect record and I don't care if you crack your ribs against the sidewall because you aren't in place for take-off, we're outta-here!" I smiled when I recognized Isabella Carmichael is our pilot. She really does have a perfect record of hitting her drops, and when you are about to deploy directly into a combat zone, that makes a world of difference.

Part Two…Moving into Positon

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Respectfully submitted
Major Dania
Mobile Infantry Press Officer

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~Harry Emerson Fostick



Alexander Valkor II
Alexander Valkor II Day 569, 00:51


Alexander Valkor II
Alexander Valkor II Day 569, 00:53

oh and yeah

nice use of the characters 😃

Lucion McElwain
Lucion McElwain Day 569, 01:01

Good article. If this doesn't get people wanting to join the greatness that is the MI then I don't know what will.

Able Kane
Able Kane Day 569, 01:01

Best article i've read in ages - Keep it up 🙂

ligtreb Day 569, 01:12

Amazing article Dania.

Good work MI!

RivasA Day 569, 01:14

This is great, cant wait for more

Kellman Day 569, 01:16

Great work! MI FTW!

RIddle16 Day 569, 01:51

This would really get people pumped up.

Excellent work Dania

Excellent article, Dania

You really bring the MI to life!

Esme Black
Esme Black Day 569, 06:44

GREAT article! Love this style!

Thomas Kane
Thomas Kane Day 569, 07:12

Loved it! Except wrong motto, lol.

Bastion Day 569, 07:19

Outstanding work, Major. We have to wait a whole week for the next installment?? 😉

beerman616 Day 569, 07:21

awesome article! great writing!

Quanah Parker
Quanah Parker Day 569, 07:56

Excellent article!

Joe Lansing
Joe Lansing Day 569, 08:31

Amazing article! Really impressive writing skills!

ugabug Day 569, 08:35

Nice article!

Seth Ford
Seth Ford Day 569, 09:20

Simply superb!

The Big
The Big Day 569, 11:05


Brickwall Day 569, 11:38

YAHOO! Excellent article.

MountainGryphon Day 569, 11:45

Very well written ! Voted for ya and subscribed 🙂

Isabella Carmichael
Isabella Carmichael Day 569, 13:40

All I can say is OMG. Great article though. I wasn't prepared for that.

GregTuretzky Day 569, 13:45

That's nothin', in the army we get there in massive teleportation devices. Oh, and I here the marines use rocketpacks.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes Day 569, 15:17

MI is On the Bounce!

Terry Mcdougal Isenthram
Terry Mcdougal Isenthram Day 569, 18:37

Excellent article! Voted and subscribed

gauntlet211 Day 569, 20:58

nice message

Rusty Kuntz
Rusty Kuntz Day 570, 12:12

Love it. Nice work m'lady.

Evry Day 570, 15:33

Nice article!

Azol Day 570, 17:23

Great Article!!!!

Couger's Assets
Couger's Assets Day 570, 19:55


Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump Day 574, 18:12

Well written, Dania. Your description almost makes it like RL deployments.

Forrest Gump

Lenore Rosborough
Lenore Rosborough Day 579, 16:59

Congrats on the winning the contest! Great job! A great voice for the MI!

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