Boredom... Simply boredom
I haven't been in the cockpit for weeks. Well, except for an ancient jet plane, and a condor.
My one week in the AX zones was very quickly followed by my actual reporting date to the new AEGIS HQ in LA. Admiral Tanner met me personally. "Hawk, I need someone I know I can trust. My job is mostly political these days, and I need someone I can have on the ground to run the day to day operations. I know I can trust you."
"Thank you, sir, but I'm a flying officer. You know I hate office work, and I-"
"I wasn't asking, unfortunately. You were specifically requested."
"Okay sir, thank you"