As my first op as CO, I went in with a big task ahead of me and in put it in simple terms, have been playing the op since the moment I accepted the gig. It comes as a shock how much goes into prepping for a task like this. It made me realize that maybe I've been too harsh on my critiques of past command staff, and it humbled me as a player knowing that at one time I was the jackass know it all that couldn't be bothered with following an order. I began with the stress of knowing that I knew maybe 2-3 people on my roster...most everyone I regularly pair up with was UFS for this op, so it was stressful in the beginning picking my 5 squad leaders that would lead the rest. Luckily, I managed to pick 5 DOPE players that were willing to step up and take the responsibilty that goes with a game of this magnitude. Bulldog, Dave, Yuk, Viper and Ranger, I can't stress enough how all these dudes made my job so much easier over the last several weeks in every facet of the event. Truly wonderful players that I will be quick to utilize should I get a command position again. Luckily my main Battle Buddy Tyre stepped up for the 1sgt role, but I was left without an XO...so after a day to think about who I would ask I went for the long shot and hit up an old friend from a couple years back, a dude that most of you old time plays know as Phil from M7. Luckily his schedule worked out and he signed up and took the major responsibility. Let me stress again, Command's op begins as soon as we accept the position. Hours and hours go into planning, communication, logistics, and moving all the X's and O's to try and get the win for our teams. The game itself was incredible, truly the best op I have ever been to, in the best AO I will ever play at. Faded Giant will always be an experience to be remembered, and the third one is the best of them all. Alex, you truly did a fantastic job at running the game, the objectives and fragos were all fun, I would like to see the control points be for more points but nonetheless, the game was dope. UFS, you guys gave us a fight every step of the way. Literally....EVERY SINGLE STEP. Games like this really test your ability to adapt and overcome, and you guys forced that. Let's talk about CoST. Phil, I owe you so much for the event. Your input and advice in every step of our war theory was greatly beneficial. Tyre, thank you for being our personal bitch, that ran to do whatever task we forced you to do. Brent, thank you for doing all the radio work for the event. Comms went off without a hitch. Ranger, thank you for the coolguy antennas and all the prep work it took to analyze schematics and to get your guys into position. Bulldog...you have the biggest balls of anyone I have met in my life. JP's nasty fall gets the attention...but most of you don't know that Bulldog had a double bypass literally weeks ago, has two titanium knees, a bum shoulder, AND broke two knuckles and fractured his hand at the event, only to have Diesel tape it up. Then, after all that, an hour later he leads his group to take Control Point Charlie. Dude is a badass, and made me feel like a bitch because I had sore feet and the chafe. JP, Bo, I want you as combat controllers from now on. To ALL the CoST players, thank you for listening to all my orders and immediately doing what I tasked you to do. Thank you having the heart to trust our bold counterflank move that ultimately paid off. Thank you for always playing with the most intensity, and for listening to all my shouted commands. You guys are a great bunch, and I'm honored to have had everyone of you on my roster. Also, a very big shout out to Josh and Valken for the prototype v12s at the event. Guys, if you aren't HPA already, make the switch to the V12. It's literally cheat codes for airsoft. Can't stress that enough. All in all, the best op I've ever been to. Counting down to FG4!