So. . . A life-bearing planet. Obviously, it's my prerogative as senior officer to step first on this new world.
I thought that the command staff was expected to stay clear of any contested area until it had been secured.
In combat, yes. But this is not combat. It's exploration, and all great explorers blazed trails with their own hands.
What happened to us being tourists, Colonel?
Explorers are just tourists with sturdier cameras and no maps.