SSgt. Butler said:
It is with somber fingers I am finding myself having to write one of these again.
Due to changes in my schedule related to work, women, etc., I will no longer be able to properly fulfill my duties as the Platoon Sergeant of the esteemed CP2.
It's been a hell of a ride, riddled with ups and downs and peaks and valleys. Throughout it all though, I've always remained extremely proud of the men under me and was honored to be a part of a group of people as fine as this one. Together we produced great growth, perhaps not in numbers but in our skills and cohesion as a platoon, which made all the extra time, late nights, headaches and all the rest, completely worth it. Everything I did, I did for the boys.
It was my pleasure to know each and everyone of you, but I'd like to shout out a few people:
- Cpl. Hardy, if anyone needed proof that persistence is key, have a look at and a talk to this man. Not everyone has the minerals to come out of the ashes and redeem themselves, but you did.
- T/4 Burg, the Company would not be the same without you. Yours was a name I was very happy to see still kicking around when I first came back and I'm happy to say I've only got more good things in the memory bank with your name on it.
- SSgt. Halls, my partner in crime during my time in CP1, I couldn't have asked for a better person to be paired up with. Thanks for making those late nights a good time.
- T/4 Frank, an absolute unit if there ever was one and my go to guy for conversation marathons on Teamspeak. You're a good man, never forget.
- 2Lt. Kear, the man who got me back in after I had no thoughts about rejoining. A close friend and confidant, it was a great pleasure leading CP2 with him.
- Sgt. Christiansen, a man of great conscience (and decibels), your leadership helped bring CP2 up from one of our lows and I'm thankful for it.
- T/4 Ternby, the only man I know who manages to be a great NCO and a sweetheart, all at the same time. It was great having you around for a second time.
- Sgt. Stray, a real chobby and a true leader to his men. You made running CP2 a lot easier than it could have been and I thank you for it.
- PFC Kal, you're a good leader in the making and I'm sure your future in the 29th will hold great things. It was a pleasure to guide such a natural through SLT and I'm proud of the progress you've made.
- PFC Falenty, a true up and comer if there ever was. I'm sorry I won't be able to see your future in the 29th, but I'm sure it will be a bright one.
- PFC Ashton, a good lad and a solid PFC. CP2 will need you in the times ahead, you do you and that'll be just right.
- PFC Rodd, an absolute mensch and a killer, you're the only one I was worried about going up against in a fight. Always willing to do what's necessary and good for the platoon, you're a good lad. It was a pleasure.
I'm sure I'll bump into some of you from time to time, but until then, I'll see you around.