(OOC: MASSIVE WIP, needed to clean up my drafts n stuff.)
Even in war, humanity remains. Stories remain. These stories should be told.
Appreciating those who have fought, and that you may respect those who gave their lives for the Federation. Stories exist to be told. In this Holo-Book, we examine those who fought, and some stories of those who paid the price for our safety and prosperity. This Holo-book is dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
-Eliza Rafale (5 Star Admiral, Ret)
MOS: Alpha-5 (Infantry, Designated Marksmen)
Lesslie Ato was 16 when she decided to drop her studies and enlist. She served two tours in Cascade-49 and has 25 Confirmed Kills. She remains in the reserves as a Specialist Marksmen.
I remember the day it hit me: I want to become a sniper. We were on a field trip to NFS-1A, and we were at the range. I was talking to my friends, we were chatting, as you do. I saw a guy walk onto the range, and started taking shots downrange. It must’ve been twelve or so klicks. It was so cool, I told myself. I gotta do that, I told myself. Went to the recruiters who were on the trip and asked,
“What does he do?”
“Alpha-5. Designated Marksmen.”
“Where do I sign up for that?”
The rest was history for me. I left for Basic the same year. Most of it was easy, quite honestly. You expect them to yell at you to death. You expect some planetary base, where you learn things that probably don’t matter later.
It’s a much different experience than what you think. You have some training, how to fight, basic rifleman training, operating heavy machinery, and learning about CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) threats.
I graduated as the honor graduate, class 2743. I chose Sniper and Marksman Training. Graduated there, class 2745. War was coming, at least we were told. Cascade-49 had recently gone rogue. Our friends had the situation under control… Or so they told us. When we landed, an explosive missile hit our landing craft. We managed to fight our way out of it. Cascade-49 is densely urban, so we took control of the large buildings for our HQ. We managed to hold off Cascade-49 separatists during my two tours. They forced me into the reserves after I took shrapnel through my left upper arm.