In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, I was promoted. It all happened very fast and I’m still reeling from it. I hope to do a good job.

The Suresha asked me to write a speech for the forum. I think I will post this:

Since late last night I have been contemplating what I would say here. Close to twenty-four hours later I’m still finding it difficult to overcome the sense of speechlessness.

I am overwhelmed and deeply honored to take over the role of Isha-Sainika from Mammal. I believe he has been an excellent leader and role model for us all. His many achievements and contributions to the ILF and the Intaki community as a whole are testament to his integrity and dedication. I have not known him to ever be reluctant to offer kind words of encouragement to anyone who might need them. He gives freely of his knowledge of ship types and fittings to improve survivability of our fleets. He champions the ILF both as a combat pilot and a diplomat and has earned the trust, respect, and friendship of so many. The best thing is none of these attributes are tied to the title, but rather solely to the man.

I can never replace Mammal, nor would I try. Although he has chosen to step down from this role, I’m confident we will not lose what we haven been fortunate to receive from him, and I look forward to his further contributions.

I have been asked what direction I have in mind for the Sainika Divisions. Briefly: As my taking on this role coincides closely with our Suresha’s return, I believe now is a good opportunity for reevaluation. I would first like to see more specifically what changes the Suresha has in mind for the ILF, as any new direction in general corporation focus will of course influence our combat operations.

Some time ago there were discussions about creating standing orders for Aditipala; I would like to revisit this topic for the Sainika Divisions in general. I would like to engage Karna pilots more, both for Aditipala support and for themselves. I would like to spend some time focusing on us, within ILF, to improve our existing sense of team and identity. We are already awesome; let’s get more awesome!

But now being an opportunity for change or reevaluation is not exclusive to me. Please know I am willing to listen to your ideas and feedback, and encourage you to provide it.

I am humbled by the comments I have received regarding this promotion. Thank you all for your support and faith in me!