A flotilla of Earthforce ships arrives at B5 to prepare for a top-secret raid on the planet Akdor, which has not only requested aid from Earth to quell a civil war, but is also conveniently close to Narn and Centauri territories in the event Earth should take a more active role in the emerging war. 25,000 Earthforce Marines are billeted at the station for a few days awaiting their mission – of which they know nothing – and they wreak havoc, crowd the station crew, start bar brawls, and threaten Delenn, among other things. Not all of the ground-pounders are bad, as one falls for Garibaldi, and an odd couple of a seasoned veteran and a rookie befriend Lt. Keffer. The man leading the GroPos into battle is General Richard Franklin, a distinguished Earthforce soldier who hopes to spend his entire stay at B5 avoiding his estranged son.
Guest Cast: Paul Winfield (General Richard Franklin), David L. Crowley (Lou Welch), Ryan Curtona (Sgt. Major Plug), Ken Foree (P.F.C. Large), Morgan Hunter (Pvt. Kleist), Marie Marshall (P.F.C. Dodger), Art Chudalba (Pvt. Yang), Joshua Cox (Tech #1), Maggie Egan (ISN Reporter), Elisabeth Garver (Tech #2), Mowava Pryor (Tonia Wallace)
LogBook entry by Earl Green