A lot of new members and applicants often ask what the 89th MEU does and why we exist. In fact, as cut and dry as most MilSim groups are, the 89th MEU has a lot more to it than most people in the community think. So let me explain, and hopefully this will help future members and fans gain a better understanding of exactly who the 89th MEU MilSim Group is.
First, a brief-ish introduction:
The 89th MEU was founded in 2011 on Battlefield 3 by then Colonel "Bananas", with a small group of around 5 members total. Shortly after, the founder forfeited his position, and our second OIC, Colonel Johnson was appointed. Our group saw small growth, but vested the majority of time into training the members we had. Then, sometime in 2012, Col. Johnson stepped down and appointed our current OIC, Colonel Duenas. Since Col. Duenas took the billet of OIC, our group has seen major growth, but from time to time has fallen short of our goals. It's nearly 2020 though, and the 89th MEU is still growing most thanks to him. Major Moore is the current XO of the MEU, and has been a member longer than all but one of us. Not only has he steered the team in the right, although sometime rough, direction, he has contributed more to the training and development of our personnel than any other member.
Knowing what you know now about the 89th MEU, let me be the first to admit it has not been easy by any means. Many of us have sacrificed a small fortune in time and money. But we do this because it means something to us. At the end of the day, the 89th MEU is not just another MilSim team; we are the MilSim team - a brotherhood - willing to do what we have to in order to take care of our own. We look out for each other, both in game, and in our daily lives. We meet up and enjoy time together, and make memories. The first official meet-up was at an amusement park in Ohio. Then the CO and XO took a trip across the country, from Washington to North Carolina. The possibilities go on and the memories are endless. Therefore, it is our mission not only to make the most effective MilSim team possible, but to share the experiences that we've had with members present and future. Our core members that have been around since the first couple of years agreed to make this about more than just the games we play together, and instead to make this about bettering every aspect of life that we can; forming relationships and building upon skills that can be used in day-to-day life.
So if you have not yet applied to the 89th MEU, I strongly recommend you do so. There are more and more opportunities available the more we grow. We have so much more planned for the years to come, and hope you'll be there to make it happen with us. Stay safe; stay dangerous - always!