I just wanted to take this moment and issue a sincere apology to GOTR and especially the 555th itself.
Lots of things have changed over the last 1.5 years, I've changed, job situations, living situations, personal tastes etc. Ya'll know how it goes, life right?
When I was promoted to Division Commander of the 555th I brought nearly 6 years of experience and an even-keeled personality. I came to PS2 (and back to GOTR) as just a foot soldier like most of you, a dedicated combat medic. Over the years I steadily worked my way up the chain of command under Loco Coyote and quickly became someone that was a "go to", someone that was dependable and always around for the community members and the division. So when I agreed to the promotion of DC to run this division, I knew what I was getting into. I knew we were short-staffed, burn-out was setting in for most of my senior officers and I still decided to shoulder the extra weight and push ahead just out of dedication.
All of this changed last year when the game just stopped being fun for me after last spring. I can't complain with 3,442 hours invested into this title, but the direction (or lack thereof) by the "devs" is largely what turned my experience sour, especially after Smedly.
Last September I got a new job, one that pays well, but unfortunately leaves you little time for anything else. I work 12hr shifts for P&G / DB Shenker as a reachtruck operator. Often pulling 36 hours in 3 days, so by the time I get home at 715pm I really don't have any energy to do anything but eat dinner and go straight to bed for the next shift. It was after this that I basically disappeared entirely from operations without much of a peep out of me. I don't know what was said in my absence, I'm sure most of you don't have any idea who I am because I'm never on TS anymore nor in-game. It was never my intention to just up and abandon you folks without a reason, because, yes, I'm still technically responsible for you all. I owe Robo and the command staff a huge thank you (and a hug) for stepping up and filling the gap after my departure.
I have had the privilege of seeing the 555th in its glory days, fielding 100 people to ourselves and stomping everything that was thrown at us. The hilarious and memorable quotes from people that were blurted out during raids, the good times, and yeah, even the bad ones. Its been quite a blessing having made so many friends in this community, including those I've met in person and get to see yearly. A great many of you I love like my own family.
I'm sorry, this really isn't way I saw things going, nor was it the way I wanted them to turn out, and it still bothers me quite a bit.
I can't promise you much attendance in PS2 (at least for the immediate term), but I can promise you this however... If there is ever a Planetside 3, or this titles gets new life. I *will* be back for it. Even if I have to work my way back up the chain.
Best wishes to everyone, happy hunting.
555th Division Commander