Previously: “If I may make a suggestion, Colonel?” Boomer had an idea—he has many—few of any value as they are often wise cracks, “As a member of the 20th Century Reserves myself, I can tell you that the majority of reservists were part-time soldiers—but the company had several full-time sergeants and corporals who ran the unit. You only need to find three or four people to fill those positions.”
“The outpost must have ten troopers on duty at all times,” Cooper said, “How many do you think we should recruit?”
“My guess would be forty—in addition to the full-time NCOs.”
“Forty? That we can do, I believe,” Cooper wondered, “Who can we recruit as NCOs?
“Farkleberry!” James Little Wolf Silverthorn exclaimed.
Author’s Note: This episode was SUPPOSED to deploy on Wednesday, but our scheduler, Hector Schmelke, (NOW former scheduler) scheduled this episode for today, Friday, 6 June. On behalf of our entire staff allow me to extend our sincerest apologies.
Season Ten—Chapter 3—General’s Orders—Episode 6… “Uncle Shaddock,” Little Wolf continued, “He’s not really my uncle, but he is Medlar’s older brother and served during the Civil War as a sergeant-major. He has spoken often of returning to military life, now that his kids are grown—and sadly, his wife has passed last winter. But he really doesn’t want to leave the area.”
“This would be a perfect opportunity for Shaddock,” Cooper smiled, “I already have a ‘First Sergeant’ candidate in mind.”
Everyone in the room slowly, knowingly, began to smile and look at one of their number…
“What?” Boomer asked, ‘though I have it on good authority he probably knew the answer.
“You’d look good in uniform, Jack,” Sarah Cooper her eyes a-twinkle confirmed what ol’ Boomer feared to be the truth—was in fact the truth.
“Wait, we’ve been sent here without being full-strength—we can’t afford another downsizing—CUJOOOOO!”
Cujo’s answer came in a most curious way.
“Crap,” Boomer sighed as he looked down at the stripes on his sleeves, “Thanks old friend—your humor never disappoints.”
To be continued…