It has been a long and rough ride these recent months. I have seen the unit through times thick and thin, always have we came out the other side.
It's been near four months since I began the path that is now the 25th. With the combined efforts of hard work & dedication of others, we, have built this together; a monument to our own ambition. It seems no matter what has transpired over my time here, we always have seemed to pull through, just as cockroaches, but the kind that play cards and pool, or whatever. I know I'm not the only one to have seen that picture.
Nonetheless, despite the fanfare and eulogy pertinent towards everyone here, I suppose it is time for me to get to the point. Today marks my official departure, and retirement from the unit. The reason for this, is really simple, for those of you who are new. I literally can not be here anymore, even if I wanted to. I will instead be doing the real thing, getting yelled at by real Drill Sergeants, for the time extending beyond next week.
This departure is not one of animosity, and should not be seen as such, either. I do not want anyone 'jumping ship' because they believe I am. That is simply not the case. Instead, I want everyone, in their best memoriam of myself, to simply carry on. As the founder of this unit, it shall be my legacy that it strive and exceed beyond our current capacity; all of which is up to you - the member, entirely.
Again, I am most proud of you all. I would like to render a special thanks unto Lieutenant Leonhard for keeping my sanity in check, and being there when needed. He's had a lot go on in the real world, but he still finds time to babysit my ass.
Another shout out to Lieutenant Perkins, for stepping up when needed. Without him, we would not be where we are at today. Likewise to Lieutenant Bart, despite how butthurt you make people, you're still ours.
In conclusion, all leaders have what they need to continue in my absence - fiscally, logistically, so on. We're good to go in that regard.
The unit is yours, people - bring it unto glory.
-First Sergeant Noah Fowler