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From time to time, I realize that it is possible I am a little obsessive about my show (uhm, yeah, *MY* show, possessive) and *MY* boys. And every time I come across some interesting little military tidbit, I wonder, "how could I work this into a story?"

So for work purposes today (For realz! It was totally related to work! I love my job!) I was checking out the Spangdahlem Air Force base website, and I saw a link called "Suicide Prevention". Well, that caught my eye right away, and I had to click it. This is what I found:

An excerpt from A Creed for a Comrade
From the Defense Centers of Excellence
For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

I will never accept defeat -- on or off the battlefield.
I will never leave a warrior behind.
I will never quit on my friends.
If my comrade is experiencing post traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or any other psychological health concern, I will help.

I will know the signs and symptoms of someone having trouble psychologically.
I will know the resources available.
I will reach out for help, and provide help to those who need it.
I will not leave his side until he receives treatment

I am disciplined, resilient, trained and proficient in all my warrior tasks.
If I become enraged, anxious, depressed -- I will ask for help.
I proudly serve my country with honor, courage and commitment.
I proudly stand by my fellow warriors

I love this. I LOVE THIS!

First of all, I am not going to get into any pro or con arguments on my LJ about the military or US involvement in other countries. All I'm going to say is that, overall, I'm proud of the men and women serving. My dad was in the US Army. My Granddad and my Great Uncle were in the Canadian military and fought in WWII - the story I wrote, "And Poppies for Remembrance", was about my uncle who was in the raid on Dieppe and one of the few who survived.

I love SG1 and SGA. I love Sam and Jack and Cameron and John and Lorne. I love how the characters are interesting and unique and fun. I love how they represent the very highest aspirations of the service they are written as a part of, honorable, fair and just. I love looking at these characters and seeing what happens when something pushes them to their breaking points and watching them struggle, fight, survive and refuse to give up.

I'm not good at writing angst because I suffer too much when I do. But Oh my GOD, I want to see John live this creed. I mean, clearly he already lives the "leave No Man Behind" motto - but if there is one thing in this motto that John Sheppard would struggle with, it is this:

If I become enraged, anxious, depressed -- I will ask for help.

John would fight asking for help, he would struggle to do it on his own.

I don't characterize myself as a 'whumper' but, dear GOD how I love to see John Sheppard break under the weight of adversity only to find that his team is there, waiting to catch him, cradle him and take care of him.

*has a happy YAY TEAM SHEPPARD moment*

That is all.

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enigmaticblues
Jun. 29th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
I am with you 100%. I have family who has served, and who are still serving, and I am SO PROUD of them.

And now you've made me want to write the story where John actually asks for help. I do have a hc_bingo prompt for "group support" that might fit...
shaddyr
Jun. 30th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
OMG I WILL SO LOVE YOU FOREVER!

Also, you know, if Rodney were to make it better, I wouldn't object to that. Or Vala. Vala works too. Whatever. Make him suffer and then make it better and you totally have my undivided attention!
enigmaticblues
Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Well...I have this idea for a couple of fics that would fill my hc_bingo prompts, and it would involve some major Sheppard!whump.

But you remind me that I really ought to write a sequel to my sgareversebang fic. I did love writing John/Vala SO MUCH. Although, you know, my scifibigbang fic/series thing will be McShep overall.
helenkacan
Jun. 30th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
You?
Obsessed??
Any more than the whole lot of us???

Anyway, if there's an imaginary LIKE button, I'm pressing it with all my might.
I love how they represent the very highest aspirations of the service they are written as a part of, honorable, fair and just.
And it's those attributes, rather than being pumped up with military superiority or debased by unnecessary brutality, that we relate to when watching SGA.

shaddyr
Jun. 30th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
When I was heavily involved in Buffy fandom we used to joke that we weren't obsessed - we were just very, very focused. *grin*

And it's those attributes, rather than being pumped up with military superiority or debased by unnecessary brutality, that we relate to when watching SGA.

*nods* Exactly. Jack wasn't just an AF Colonel - it defined him, but it was not the sum total of who he was. Sam followed Jack's orders, sometimes at great, personal emotional cost. John chose not to follow orders when they conflicted with the higher calling of leaving no man behind. In an AU, Cam refused to tow the party line, even went it meant losing his health and benefits.

I love the SG Universe. I'm so glad that other people still like to play here and that I'm not alone.


mercury973
Jun. 30th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Dude, you're not gonna believe this, but that is the base my brother is stationed at. I've been there- I visited him in Germany 2 years ago. Small world...
shaddyr
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
It's a weird, wild world!
u_must_b_joking
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Working my way through S4 SGA
I am definitely thinking Shepherd's the Best CO ever.
shaddyr
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Working my way through S4 SGA
He and Jack have totally different styles in terms of team leaders - but if I had to choose to work on Atlantis under Sheppard, he Daedalus under Caldwell or the Mountain under Landry, I would choose Sheppard in a flat second.

Of course, I have to admit that if I had to choose a location, I'd choose Atlantis under anyone, regardless. I mean - Atlantis! EEE!
phillip2637
Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
I have a sort of weird question. Having watched the first season of SGA on DVD and come away from it thinking, "That was...OK," how would I know whether I should go back for more? I watched, and liked, a lot of SG1, but never got truly devoted to it.

(As an example of what I'm looking for: I'm a Babylon 5 fanatic; I've told newcomers that if they end season one with at least some interest in the regular characters they should keep watching, but if they're not hooked by the middle of season two they probably never will be.)
shaddyr
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
It's hard for me to give you an answer on that. It took me - maybe half? Of the first season to get pretty hooked.

There are a lot of what are kinda considered classic or keystone episodes in Season 2 - In Runner we meet Ronon; Duet is hilarious - in Trinity, the Doranda debacle - in Instinct and Conversion the whole Wraith/Iratus Bug issue - I suppose if you hit the middle of Season 2 and you are still thinking it's only "meh" then you might not be a trufan.

I don't know if that was helpful at all - I would encourage you to give it a try though!
phillip2637
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's great.

I was enjoying the first season quite a bit but then the relationships seemed to change for the worse near the end, terminating with the universe's worst cliff-hanger. :-)

If season two is a good measure of how things continue, I'll look at getting hold of it.

Thanks!
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