One last stop with Senator Aak Ask and were done for the day. The senator decided he wanted to do a troop review. I contacted the base and let commander officer know we would be soon have a V.I.P. I am sure the troopers will be every so happy the have to dump training for the rest of the day to stand at parade.
“You know trooper, I enjoy visiting bases. It reminds me of my day in the Malastare home guard” the Senator told me.
Oh, yeah his illustrious service in the home guard. If I remember the file the Lt. Cmdr gave me on Aak Ask his service was in a public relation unit. He was a copy boy on the base newsletter. Seemed his father pulled a couple of strings for him. Good thing, considering his shooting score. You would think a guy with three eyes would have a little better dept perception.
We make it to the base shortly.
An entire battalion has been put in formation on the parade grounds. The Republic Officer on duty took over from there. I was told to follow along to make sure that all Photo Ops for the Senator had a trooper in them.
As the Senator review the troops he made comments to the troops along the line.
“You should stand taller trooper.”
“Is that insignia regulation, commander?”
“In my day we would have never been allowed on parade with a smudge on our uniform.”
Strange none of us could see these glaring flaws.
Finally towards the end of the line were two ARC troopers, just back from a mission, wearing the traditional Kama (a kilt like clothing)
The Senator stopped and looked over the ARC troopers.
“Trooper, your Kama is a little frayed” the Senator stated haughtily
The ARC trooper shot back, “Sir, you are wrong Sir. This Kama and the trooper wearing it ain’t ‘fraid of anything or anyone!”
Was that the Republic Officer I heard snickering?