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SD242006.27 - Joint Duty Log - CO & CSEC - "Welcome to the Show"

Posted on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 @ 7:16pm by Lieutenant Commander Finchley Kerr & Brigadier General Jonathan Grey

977 words; about a 5 minute read

Mission: The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Location: Versailles
Timeline: Current

=^= Dock 2 =^=

Through the windows, the General could see a shuttle cruising into position on the other side of the docking port. Normally, even in times like these, this would not be enough to bring him down here. The stack of paperwork in his office had only been tamed through great effort, and he knew that coming down here only gave it the opportunity to swell in his absence.

Still, this shuttle was important. Security had done an admirable job, but there was no true substitute for an actual security chief. Since the loss of the last one, the department had been led by a series of individuals who, while not lacking in drive, had quickly discovered the stressful nature of the spot and either quit or voluntarily demoted themselves.

Which was why the General wanted to get off on the right foot here, assuring the new guy that he had the station's full support. Speaking of which...

"Atten-hut!" he barked at the milling masses, inspiring the Lieutenants to take charge of the dozens assembled here. Line after line of security personnel spaced themselves out under the direction of their superiors, creating three groups of personnel; those on the right facing left, those on the left facing right, and the General in the empty middle.

The overall impression, the General suddenly realised, was that of a groom waiting for his bride in the isle. A momentary uncertainty flickered through his gut, along with the certainty that it was too late now to fix things.

Oh well.

The docking port gave a loud beep, with a green light signalling that it was ready to open. A crewman near the control panel looked to the General, who nodded briskly.

One button-press later, the port ground opened with a slight squeal, drawing the thick door into the wall, and revealing the shuttle's occupants.

Finchley walked through the doorway, followed by Karadis, and came to halt before the Senior Officer before him "Sir, I'm Lieutenant Commander Finchley Kerr, your new Chief of Security. I have my transfer orders here...", he held his hand out behind him, and Karadis firmly placed the PADD she was holding in his hand. Bringing his hand back round, held the PADD out in front of him for the officer to take.

"You'll also see there Sir that the transfer of my Assistant Chief of Security, Lieutenant Karadis, has been added and awaits your approval" and with that he took one step back and waited.

"Welcome to Versailles, Commander." declared the General, accepting the padd. Even when he was away from his desk, he mused, paperwork seemed to follow him. He scrolled down through the lines of auth-codes, dates, and the occasional picture; putting his thumb-print into the little box at the end to confirm receipt.

"The station's going through some hard times at the moment, I won't deny that, but things have stabilised for the most part." announced the General, wondering who he was trying to convince. "Most of the rioting has died down, main power is steady (if a little low), and a number of public-spirited communities have organised in the outer rings." he continued, partly as a pep-talk to the security staff that surrounded them.

"You have a lot of work ahead of you, and we expect great things from you, but you aren't in this alone. From the crewmen on patrol, all the way up to me, we're all in this for the long haul, and we've all got your back. Good luck." he added with a nod, giving another to Lt Karadis for good measure.

"Thank you Sir, but I've never been afraid of doing hard work or graft General, and I never ask any of my staff or those I work alongside or those I protect to do anything I wouldn't do myself first" Finchley replied "and I fully appreciate your sentiment of not being alone, it's what I in still in my officers, NCO's and crewmen. Both Karadis and I look forward to becoming an integral part of this team and the Starbase in general, and to work alongside every law abiding soul aboard here. Those who decide they're not the law abiding type, well, let's just say they'll be running home to their mother with their tail between their legs."

At this, a few of the Lieutenants in the front row began to clap. NCOs throughout the crowd quickly got the hint, building the applause. After some significant looks, the entire crowd followed suit, making the hall echo with the sounds of enthusiastic approval.

Too proud to get carried away, the General himself lent a few short claps to the cacophony, before tucking his arms behind his back once more, and letting the noise rise to a deafening crescendo.

Finchley, a little embarrassed at the applause but at the same time grateful for the sentiment from those who clapped, raised his hands and said "Ok, thank you everyone, with that, I think we can safely say it's time we all got back to work."

Turning the the General again he said "Thank you for the welcome to the Starbase Sir, I fully appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to do so. I'm going to do a thorough check of the Security department and also all the surveillance equipment we have so we know what's working and what's not. I've heard some wild stories already about these raiders and the problems they're causing. Well, they're in for a big surprise when myself and Karadis meet'll be a bit of bad cop and even worse cop for them, the good cop stayed at home..." and with that he saluted and left to go to Security.

=^= End of Log =^=

Brigadier General Jonathan Grey
Commanding Officer
Starbase Versailles


Lieutenant Commander Finchley Kerr
Chief of Security
Starbase Versailles


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