- The Systems Alliance Marine Corps has confirmed that Lieutenant
General Alyona Tereshchenko will be touring the military bases on Eden
Prime in what they say is a ceremonial and personal visit. During her
visit, she will hold meetings with local residents to hear any concerns
and issues that Primeans have, in the lead up to her expected promotion
to commander of Exodus Regional Command, which includes all Marine and
Navy assets in the cluster.
General Tereshchenko commissioned in
2152, originally as part of the Ukrainian Ground Forces before
transferring to the Marine Corps, and is a veteran of the First Contact
War, Traverse Campaign and Reaper War. Deeply respected by both the rank
and file and the admiralty, Tereshchenko has seen her career
revitalised under the military government after facing criticism by
members of Parliament prior to the Reaper War. She invited controversy
in 2185 when, as the Major General commanding the Fourth Airmobile
Division, she told her Marines, “You’re either the killer or the target.
I expect you to be the former, and prove it by killing a lot of
slavers. You boys and girls are going to enjoy yourselves, it’s a lot of
fun shooting them or blowing them up.”
Tereshchenko and her current command, VI Marine Expeditionary Force, a
formation of 57 000 Marines and Naval personnel, were assigned to
counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations on Shanxi after a spate of
firefights and suicide bombings.
The general is largely
regarded as having quickly controlled the burgeoning insurgency on the
planet. She created a chain of command incorporating the military,
colonial militia, police and remaining civilian authorities, vastly
increased ‘boots on the ground’ patrols and raids rather than relying on
air support and artillery, arrested key members of terrorist and
separatist groups and expanded reconstruction and aid efforts on the
planet. When asked about her reluctance to use artillery during battles
with guerillas, Tereshchenko replied with another controversial quote,
“Bombing Petal City would be f*****g stupid. I might as well put on
facepaint if I did that.”
In a letter to the Marines of the VI
Marine Expeditionary Force, Tereshchenko stated: “We aren’t here to
fight the people of Shanxi. We’re here to give their planet back to
them. These are citizens of the Systems Alliance just as you are,
citizens you are sworn to protect, citizens who’ve been through great
suffering in recent years. Be cautious, but compassionate. Be alert, but
Despite her penchant for controversy, Tereshchenko
is considered an ‘intelligent problem solver’ by the Alliance
government, according to sources. “She’s often predicted problems for
SATAE before they started,” Admitted one.
Citizens on Eden Prime
are invited to sign up for the community meetings [here]. A similar
tour of Terra Nova is expected before General Tereshchenko takes command
in the Exodus Cluster.
A Ukrainian Military Cadet acting as opposing forces blind fires his rifle during a simulated high value target lane during day three of the field training exercise at Rapid Trident 2014, Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 24.