When the USS Saratoga passes close to the planet, Vesta Colony, where the Earth colonist were attacked, West goes AWOL and flies down to the planet in hopes that his girlfriend, Kylen, somehow survived.
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Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
[about West's insubordination
I'll be damned if he takes the easy way and dies before I can get at him.