Attention All Hands,
We wake up this cold January morning - many of us with snow on the ground still (sorry, Dropbears) - ready to go back to bed. Alas it is Monday.. and for this Unit the most important Monday of the year. Down come the decorations and up we take the reins, ready to begin a new year. Our Winter Stand Down is over, and it is time to get back to work. That doesn't mean the fun ends.. on the contrary, it's just getting started.
The last two years of the Unit have been rocky, trying, and difficult. The year 2018 for the 15th MEU Realism Unit - our eleventh - will be no less difficult. But we start this year with more hope and promise than the last couple years have brought us. Our numbers and confidence are back on the rise. Our Unit, rocked to its core and left wondering who it is as time, has righted the ship and are prepared to continue and strengthen our place as the foremost and premiere realism community of the Armaverse.
It will still be hard. Sometimes it will still feel like we are not as we were. And it will be true. We are not the 15th MEU Realism Unit of 2014.. just as we are not the Unit of 2007, 2010, or even last year. We are older, smarter, and better. Every year - with every ounce of experience we get, every new person we bring into the fold, every change we make - we become better. This has always been the case, and this will continue to be the case. Some of you may call 2018 a 'return' of the 15th. We never went anywhere. We've always been here. We will continue to be here. We are the Standard-bearer.
Welcome back from Break. Our work begins again today. Enjoy it. This place is supposed to be fun; it's what you make of it.
PS. The decorations have come down.. which means beatings will resume until morale improves.
Edited by Col Penny