Monkeykid (JIN): Gen. Jackson confirmed this morning that the 3rd Sub-legion would indeed be sent for a peace-keeping mission to Twikkii Island.
Since the successful invasion and occupation of the Island by forces of the SNL and its’ predecessors, the situation on the island, although better, has remained tense and forces continue to be needed to ensure the safety and security of the Twikkii natives.
The mission is not expected to last past week nine, although the General was unable to guarantee the time-frame involved:
As you are well aware, the situation on Twikkii remains unstable. Although the rebels were easily removed from power, their remains an insurgency dedicated to restoring the Jumbok line to power on the island. Our troops will simply be there to ensure order and help rebuild the island. I am convinced that we should be able to reach a settlement with the Jumboks and end the on-going violence.
Commanding the third will be Lt. Col. Nova, in what will be his first action in the field. Off-the-record sources in the sub-legion expressed concern to the Journal-Intelligencer that Nova, although a fine officer, is known for being reckless, and might not be the best choice in a sensitive situation. When questioned directly about these allegations, Nova brushed them off:
Nonsense. I and all the soldiers of the third understand our role and are dedicated to keeping peace and order. We shall not seek trouble, but you can be damned sure that if the Jumboks start something, they won’t be around to finish it.
In addition to the deployment, the General did confirm that he has approved the Journal-Intelligencer’s request to embed our reporter Priya Ramaswami with the third to report directly from the island. Look for her reports next week.
Monkeykid (JIN): Gen. Jackson, general and commanding officer of the SimNational Legion has confirmed that his choices for command of the individual sub-legions have accepted their commissions and are to start their new assignments immediately.
Commanding the 1st sub-legion is Lt. Col. Katniss O. Sanchez. Lt. Col. Sanchez is a veteran of the the Twikkii campaigns and one of the top line officers, as an experienced armour commander. She is widely seen as the lending candidate to succeed Gen. Jackson upon his retirement.
The 2nd sub-legion is now under the command of Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Adams. Adams’ career has primarily been in logistics, where he has excelled.
In what some saw as a surprising choice, the 3rd sub-legion command was given to Lt. Col. Pollux Nova. Junior in rank to both Sanchez and Adams, Nova had been seen as a fine and up-and-coming officer, but has never seen combat and some argued he is a little too “gung-ho” to see action.
Lastly, commanding the 4th sub-legion is Lt. Col. Eliphalet Jackson. The son of the General, the outcry in what seemed like an act of pure nepotism was mitigated by the fact that there were few other officers to choose from, leaving the young, but well-liked officer a defensible choice. The command had been offered to both George Adams and Jasper Larson, but both declined and took positions in political leadership instead – Adams as Senator and Larson as Intelligence Minister.
In addition to naming his commanders, Gen. Jackson did confirm that he anticipates the 3rd sub-legion will perform a peace-keeping rotation on Twikkii Island during week nine.